Health officials say update on youth sports coming ‘soon’

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Not for the first time, California health officials have promised an update on youth sports guidelines soon.

Speaking to reporters this week, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency Dr. Mark Ghaly said the state is close to issuing the new guidelines.

Ghaly told reporters they are working closely with California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and other youth sports leaders in the state.

The CIF has tentatively set a return date for high school sports for next month, with the Humboldt-Del Norte League tentatively scheduled to begin on Dec. 7, just three weeks from now.

All youth sports, however, must be given the green light from state and local health officials.

Locally, cross country and basketball are the first two sports set to begin competition on Dec. 7, but with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the state and locally, that start date appears in doubt right now.

At this stage, it’s hard to imagine a high-contact sport like basketball getting the all-clear in just a few weeks.

The H-DNL will review the sports calendar if local sports are not given the green light to proceed by Dec. 7, with the possibility of pushing basketball back to the spring.

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