Prep sports won’t start until winter

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, announced Monday morning that the fall athletic season won’t begin until December or January because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Football, girls volleyball, water polo, cross-country and field hockey will move to the winter season, according to a CIF press release, while girls tennis and girls golf will be delayed until the spring.

All of the winter sports and a few spring sports are also impacted by the changes. The CIF is moving basketball, soccer and wrestling – traditionally winter sports – to the spring. Boys volleyball and gymnastics will compete in the winter instead of the spring.

State playoffs will end no later than April 17 for the sports playing in the winter and June 26 for those competing in the spring, the release stated.

Each section in the CIF will determine the start and end dates for each sport and the section playoff schedules, the release noted.

The Central Coast Section, which oversees high school athletics in the Town Crier’s coverage area, was expected to reveal its revamped 2020-21 calendar after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The Town Crier will report on this in next week’s issue.

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