By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt-Del Norte League is open to looking at other options in regard to the 2020/21 prep sports calendar, but that does not necessarily mean switching from the CIF’s proposed two-season format to a three-season schedule.
Last month the CIF pushed back all prep sports to the new year, with plans on holding two seasons this school year instead of the traditional three, which would mean nine sports will be competing simultaneously locally in the spring.
The H-DNL met this past week to discuss the issue and is looking at ways to ease the potential logjam in the spring, which would affect many local multiple-sport athletes, forcing them to choose one sport over another.
One option would be to schedule three shortened seasons instead of the two the CIF and NCS have opted for — which would present a series of problems on its own — but it’s not the only option the league is looking at.
And according to Eureka Athletic Director Kristie Christiansen, that means discussing any potential options.
“I’m open to looking at other opportunities that would not have students in a place where they have to make a decision,” Christiansen said. “I’m open to brainstorming on the options.”
Especially considering the different challenges the H-DNL faces compared to the rest of the NCS.
“I think we’re unique,” Christiansen said. “Where we live, and the number of small schools that we have, as well as the amount of travel we have.”
And that means the league will be discussing any potential options when the school ADs meet again this coming Wednesday.