Announcement on high school sports now expected by the weekend

By Ray Hamill — It has been widely reported today that California Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials are expected to issue an announcement on high school sports before the weekend.

San Mateo Serra High football coach Patrick Walsh, who has been heavily involved in the campaign pushing for a full and immediate return for all prep sports, says he expects an update within the next 48 hours.

Walsh and other members of the Golden State High School Football Coaches Community, which has been working with “Let Them Play CA,” have been meeting regularly with state officials.

In regard to an update this week, Walsh told The Orange County Register, “that’s what they’re telling us.”

The majority of high school sports have been shut down for more than 11 months because of  COVID-19, although most states around the country have returned to full competition over the past several months.

As of right now, only a few low-contact outdoor sports are permitted in California, but that could be about to change.

Last week, Newsom announced there would not be an update on high school sports for two weeks.

Time is of the essence in particular for football, which must start by early March in order to allow for even a minimal season and enough recovery time for student athletes before the start of the fall season in August.

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