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Decision day looming for local sports

By Ray Hamill — The next couple of weeks will be crucial for local athletes and sports fans who are eager to see a return to action, with big decision days looming for prep and community college programs.

A decision on the fall high school seasons will be made by the California Interscholastic Federation in less than two weeks on Monday July 20.

At this stage it would appear unlikely the seasons will start on schedule, but the CIF stressed in June that it is prepared to offer alternative schedules if necessary.

As of right now, the local high school football season is scheduled to begin in just over seven weeks.

The teams, however, will need time to prepare when they are given the all-clear, especially after missing out on the spring and summer offseason programs.

A decision day is also looming for the state’s community college teams, with the California Community College Athletic Association set to make a call on the fall sports on Friday of next week (July 17).

The CCCAA will consider three plans, with the growing likelihood that contact sports such as football, basketball and soccer will be moved to the spring with a reduced schedule, which would push back the baseball, softball and track and field seasons to late March.

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  1. It seems increasingly clear the CIF decision July 20 will copy the community colleges, CSU, Little League, and senior baseball : nothing until 2021, and probably even then delayed until fall a year from now. Too bad, another year of High school students missing very important sports activities. Most hopeful chance: 2021 summer baseball.

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