By Ray Hamill — With growing pressure to allow youth and high school sports competition to return, California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to address the situation in the coming days.
According to a report in the Orange County Register on Thursday, the governor hinted earlier in the week that an update on the situation could arrive early next week.
The California Interscholastic Federation has been holding talks on the issue with state health officials in recent weeks, with high school sports in California tentatively scheduled to return in December but still waiting on the green light.
No updated guidelines on youth sports have been issued by the state since August.
The Humboldt-Del Norte League has adopted an alternative sports calendar to the rest of the state, but is also dependent on getting the go-ahead from state and health officials before it can begin competition.
“We’re hoping we get the go-ahead but who knows?” Eureka football coach Andrew Haraldson said.
Cross country and basketball are slated to be the first local sports to return in early December, just six weeks from now.
The majority of local high schools are currently holding some type of restricted conditioning/practice sessions while they await a decision from health officials on their seasons.
The California Community College Athletic Association is also scheduled to meet early next month to discuss the community college sports seasons, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in the new year.