By Ray Hamill — As was widely expected, the Humboldt-Del Norte League voted on Wednesday morning to approve a three-season sports model for the upcoming school year, breaking away from the state-wide and section calendars.
As of now, the seasons are set to get under way in mid-December and run through June, with eight weeks allowed for each, although the starting and finishing dates are still tentative.
Season one will feature basketball and cross country, followed by football, volleyball and soccer from mid-February through mid-April.
None of the sports competing in the first two seasons will be eligible for section or state playoffs.
Season three will feature the traditional spring sports, all of which will remain eligible for postseason competition, while wrestling will follow the NCS calendar and run from early March to early June.
The H-DNL is one of the few leagues in the state to break away from the CIF calendar, instead following a similar format to that approved in both Oregon and Washington states.
Last month, the CIF approved a two-season model, which would have resulted in a very busy spring locally, with a number of athletes being forced to choose one sport over another.
The H-DNL calendar must be approved by the NCS at a meeting in early October.
The league approved the proposal by a vote of 10-1.
There was some concern over whether basketball, one of the most at-risk sports, will be able to start as early as December, and postponing the season to the spring remains a possibility depending on what health officials are allowing at the end of the year.
Because of the concerns over the ongoing pandemic, the league also approved all-local scheduling, with the exception of wrestling and swimming and spring sport playoffs.