CIF not ready to give up on high school spring sports season just yet

Town Crier Staff Report

While it may seem unlikely at this point, there is still some hope that the spring sports season will resume for the state’s high school athletes.

At last week’s annual spring meeting, the California Interscholastic Federation – which governs the state’s high school sports – did not rule out the possibility of athletes returning to action for the CIF playoffs.

“While the time may come when we have to cancel postseason events, today is not that day,” CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said in a press release issued March 17. “In anticipation of further guidance and directives issued by federal, state and local government agencies regarding COVID-19, the CIF has not determined the future of spring sports events at this time and intends to reconvene with the 10 section commissioners on April 3 to revisit this issue.”

In the meantime, sections (including this area’s Central Coast Section) will continue to confer with their local leadership, and the CIF will monitor any directives and recommendations issued by them, Nocetti added.

“The CIF will continue to work with our schools and school districts with the health and well-being of student-athletes and school communities as our priority,” he said.

Since the follow-up meeting has been set for April 3, the CIF Federated Council meeting originally scheduled for that day has been postponed to May 8; it will be held via teleconference.

Spring is the busiest season for high school athletics, with 11 sports competing, six of which have CIF playoffs.

One winter sport was also impacted by the coronavirus outbreak; the CIF canceled the state basketball championships in Sacramento earlier this month over concerns about the spread of the disease.

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