By Ray Hamill — Humboldt-Del Norte League commissioner Jack Lakin reached out to Humboldt Sports on Friday morning to clarify the up-to-date situation in regard to the upcoming school year sports calendar.
Lakin met with the league athletic directors on Wednesday as they continue to look for the best solution possible for local student athletes.
“The HDNL is exploring possible alternative sports calendars within the framework of the NCS calendar starting Dec 14,” Lakin said. “The intent is an attempt to provide the best and safest opportunity for our student athletes to successfully participate in their sport(s) of choice during the 2020-2021 school year.”
Last month the NCS released its calendar for the upcoming year, scheduling two seasons in the new year instead of the traditional three over nine months, which would result in a lot of sports being played simultaneously between March and June.
The H-DNL, however, has been busy looking into potential options that would not force local athletes to sacrifice one sport (or two) for another.
And as Lakin pointed out, there are a lot of variables and issues to be considered.
“The league is reviewing travel, length of season, number of seasons, placement of sports in each season and other factors during their discussion/exploration process,” he said.
One potential option is a three-season format running from January through June, which would feature shortened seasons for every sport, similar to what the states of Oregon and Washington have scheduled.
According to Lakin, however, no final decision has been made yet and the league is still exploring options while trying to remain within the framework of the NCS calendar.