By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt-Del Norte League will have plenty to discuss in the coming weeks, as local high school sports hope for a return in late January.
According to the most recent state guidelines for youth sports, which were released two weeks ago, high school sports are tentatively set to resume competition on Jan. 25 at the earliest, with the California Department of Public Health set to re-address that start date in early January.
What that means for the H-DNL remains to be seen.
Various sports will be allowed return as the county moves from tier to tier, with only low-contact outdoor sports like cross country, golf, tennis and track and field allowed in the purple or most restricted tier.
Moderate-contact outdoor sports such as baseball and softball will be allowed under the red tier, which is where Humboldt County currently stands, with football, soccer and volleyball not allowed until we reach the orange or second least restricted tier.
Indoor high-contact sports such as basketball and wrestling will not be permitted until we reach the yellow tier.
The H-DNL will hold some key meetings to address the situation and potential scheduling in the coming weeks.
The league had previously planned for a three-season format this school year instead of the two-season model the rest of the state has planned, but that was supposed to begin in early December and will now need to be re-addressed.
Several meetings at both the section and league level are scheduled for January to further discuss the options, including an NCS Executive Committee meeting immediately following the expected early-January update from the CDPH.