Local youth football forced to cancel 2020 season


By Ray Hamill — The Six Rivers Youth Football Conference announced on Wednesday night that the 2020 season has been canceled.

The decision was forced on the local conference after this week’s directive from the California Department of Public Health’s to suspend all youth sports activities in the state until further notice.

According to a statement by the local conference, “This was not an easy decision and one that has been discussed several times amongst the individual associations and their representatives at the conference level.”

The decision affects football and cheerleading squads from seven local associations — Del Norte, Eel River, Eureka, Ferndale, Hoopa, McKinleyville and Redwood.

The conference statement added, “ … given this mandate was issued at a state level and reiterated at the local level through the Humboldt County Public Health Department the conference is not able to circumvent the directive.

“The past few months have been a hardship and struggle for all of our youth, and we all recognize they have lost a lot with their alternative distant learning, lack of social interactions, and their inability to play any youth sports.

“All associations anxiously await the opportunity to participate in the next season and hopefully our teams will come back bigger and stronger. We wish all our SRYF families to remain healthy and hopeful during this time.”

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  1. Thank you Ray for your article. Yes, this is sad. Being a parent of a Mckinleyville Youth football player. But the main focus is our safety and keeping our kids healthy! This year would of been my sons last year in Mckinleyville youth football league which is hard to come to terms. But when it’s safe our boys/girls will come back together health & stronger!!!

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