By Ray Hamill — The California Community College Athletic Association took a big step towards a return to sports on Friday after voting unanimously to go ahead with plans for fall sports, for now.
The CCCAA board of directors will meet again on July 17 to finalize details and vote on which contingency plan to implement, but Friday’s decision was seen as a huge positive and a sign the fall sports will be played at some stage.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty, but at least there’s a plan in place, and that’s a big step,” College of the Redwoods Athletic Director Bob Brown said.
Exactly which contingency plan the CCCAA opts for in mid July will depend on what phase of the state’s reopening plan we’re at.
If the state is in phase four, fall athletes will be allowed to return to practice on the last day of August, with soccer, volleyball and cross country teams beginning competition on September 11 and the JC football season kicking off on September 26.
In such a scenario the schedules would be reduced to 75 percent.
If, however, the state is still in phase three of its reopening plan in mid July, then football and soccer would be moved to the new year, with football practice starting on January 18 and the season kicking off on February 13.
In that case, only minimal contact sports such as cross country and volleyball would go ahead in the fall, and schedules would be reduced to 70 percent.
Regardless of which plan the CCCAA adopts, the basketball season will be pushed back until after Christmas, with practices set to begin in mid January and games starting in early February.
All offseason games will be canceled but offseason practices and conditioning will be allowed
“I was encouraged with the decision,” Brown added. “It’s a big step in moving forward.”
Because of the late start the CCCAA will not host state championships next season.
If football and soccer are pushed back until after Christmas, then spring sports would start later with a reduced schedule.
The fall sports CR competes in include men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer.