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CIF announces guidelines for resuming sports in fall

Town Crier Report

The California Interscholastic Federation has issued its guidelines for restarting high school sports in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After several days of meetings with commissioners from the state’s 10 sections, the CIF said in a press release Friday that it will determine by July 20 if fall sports will continue as currently scheduled. The CIF is prepared to offer alternative calendars if it is determined by that date that fall sports may not start as scheduled due to ongoing public health and safety concerns.

The CIF also announced guidelines for returning to physical activity/training in preparation for playing sports in the upcoming school year. It allows for a coordinated reopening following the initial stay-at-home orders and also may be used if conditions dictate the need for increased restrictions in the future.

In anticipation of returning to physical activity, the CIF is providing resources to assist member schools and student-athletes at its website.

To address the impact that COVID-19 and school closures have had on students – recognizing that families may experience delays in obtaining appointments for their student for a preparticipation physical examination – the CIF said governing boards of school districts and private schools may elect to provide a one-time, temporary waiver of the requirement. The waiver would allow the student-athlete to participate in athletics for a maximum of 30 days from their school’s first day of practice in that fall sport.

The CIF also will grant a financial hardship waiver to students who transfer to a new school during the first semester of the 2020-21 school year “when there is a demonstrated and verifiable hardship condition due to financial difficulties,” according to the release.

For more information on the waivers, resources and guidelines, visit cifstate.org.

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