Positive news from the CIF, with big decision looming in July


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By Ray Hamill — The California Interscholastic Federation appears determined to avoid canceling any more prep sports seasons because of COVID-19, with a big decision looming next month.

After a meeting with the 10 California section commissioners last week, the CIF said a decision on the fall sports will be made on July 20.

The CIF added, however, that it is prepared to offer alternative calendars if it is determined then that fall sports may not start as scheduled.

And that’s positive news for local student athletes and sports fans, after the entire spring sports season was canceled because of the ongoing pandemic.

In a press release announcing the news, the CIF stressed the important role sports play for high school student athletes and how they are “essential to the physical, mental, and social well-being of students.”

Here is the full statement …

“The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) believes education-based athletics and all co-curricular activities are essential to the physical, mental, and social well-being of students and realizes the impact and challenges that COVID-19 has caused for our member schools and education-based athletics. We continue to monitor the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education and State/Local County Health Departments and Agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts when they are planning when and how to reopen school this Fall. As our member schools begin planning for the reopening of school, the CIF, in collaboration with our 10 Sections, will be determining by July 20 if Fall Sports will continue as currently scheduled. The CIF is prepared to offer alternative calendars if it is determined by July 20 that Fall sports may not start as scheduled due to ongoing public health and safety concerns.”

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