NCS issues guidelines to member leagues

By Ray Hamill — The North Coast Section Executive Committee approved new guidelines for the sports calendar on Thursday, while giving member leagues the autonomy to set their own seasons.

Among the directives from the NCS, “leagues will set their seasons of sport based on the color tier that their county resides in and the sports allowed in that tier.”

NCS Commissioner Pat Cruickshank told the member schools, “the Executive Committee took action today to move forward with our calendar by giving leagues the autonomy to build their season of sport calendars around the guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the local counties that their league resides in, and the approval of their member schools and districts.”

Student athletes, however, will only be allowed compete in one sport at a time because of the guidelines from CDPH, while the football season — which falls under the orange or second least restricted tier — must be completed by April 17 for the 2021 fall season to begin on Aug. 9.

The NCS also announced that there will be no section championships and no CIF state or regional opportunities for member schools, with Feb. 1 set as the earliest date for any competition.

All league sports calendars must be approved by the NCS Board of Managers at their Jan. 29 meeting. 

Each sport will also be limited to a certain number of contests depending on the length of the seasons, which are recommended to last from seven to 10 weeks.

The H-DNL athletic directors will meet on Friday to discuss the league’s options.

Sports allowed under different tiers:

Purple — golf, tennis, cross country, track and field and swimming

Red — baseball and softball

Orange — football, soccer and volleyball

Yellow — basketball, wrestling and competitive cheerleading

All NCS competition must be completed by June 12.

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