H-DNL open to discussing another option for football

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By Ray Hamill — One of the key points of discussion to come out of Wednesday’s H-DNL meeting was in regard to the football season and one option in particular.

Last week the updated North Coast Section guidelines for sports listed April 17 as the last possible date to play football this school year, in order to allow enough time between seasons before the scheduled Aug. 9 start date for football in the fall.

However, H-DNL commissioner Jack Lakin suggested they could push back the start of the fall season if the league felt strongly enough about it.

Lakin said they could discuss the option further at a future meeting and possibly play a reduced schedule in the fall in order to give the league more time in the spring.

If the H-DNL sticks with the NCS deadline of April 17, the league would have to be cleared to play by mid-March at the latest in order to fit in the mandatory 10 days of practice and a minimal three-game season for each team.

According to the latest state youth sports guidelines, football will only be allowed in counties that reach the orange or second least restricted COVID tier.

Both Humboldt and Del Norte counties would have to reach orange for the season to go ahead.

If, however, the league members opted to push back the fall start date, it could give them some extra leeway in the spring.

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