By Ray Hamill — Local sports got a boost this week with the news that the California Interscholastic Federation has resumed talks with state health officials in regard to a possible return to competition.
The CIF sports calendar is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-December, but can only go ahead with the approval of state health officials, with all youth sports competition currently prohibited.
The H-DNL, meanwhile, will feature a slightly different 2020/21 sports calendar to that of the CIF and is tentatively scheduled to begin preseason training on December 7, less than two months away.
Cross country and basketball are scheduled to be the first two sports to return, with competition expected to begin in mid-December.
Whether or not the H-DNL will be given the green light by state and local health officials remains uncertain at this stage, but it is at least encouraging to see CIF officials engaging in talks and still planning on sticking to their calendar.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, CIF executive director Ron Nocetti says there needs to be more discussions with state health officials in the coming weeks.