SCVAL extends Season 3 slate

The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Board of Managers last week approved an extra week of competition for its Season 3 outdoor sports and agreed to delay the start of two Season 2 sports, but no decision was made on allowing teams to participate in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

At Thursday’s meeting, commissioner Brad Metheany said the board – comprising the principals of Los Altos, Mountain View and the SCVAL’s other 12 schools – voted to allow baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, water polo, boys tennis and boys golf to start April 12 instead of April 19 and still end play by May 28.

Mountain View athletic director Shelley Smith told the Town Crier his school plans to retain its six-week schedule, however.

“I took it as an option – not a mandate,” he said. “We have enough facilities issues as it is.”

Los Altos athletic director Michelle Noeth did not confirm what her school planned to do.

The board Thursday also voted to keep girls volleyball and badminton in Season 2, with some adjustments to their schedules.

“We’re sliding them down (the calendar) to get testing in place,” Metheany said, referring to the weekly COVID-19 testing required by the state as a condition of allowing these sports in the purple and red tiers. “They were supposed to start March 15, but we got word so quickly (about the change in restrictions), there was no time to practice.”

Girls volleyball and badminton will now start their seasons Friday and play through April 23. The league also devised a plan for these sports – which normally don’t play in the same season – to share gym time.

“When badminton is away, girls volleyball will be at home, and they’ll go every other day,” Metheany said of their game schedules. “They’ll also have to fit testing in there, too.”

The indoor sports in Season 3, basketball and wrestling, will stick with their six-week schedules (April 19 through May 28). Basketball usually has a seven-week league slate in which teams face each other at home and away, so Metheany said to expect some Saturday games to fit them all in. Teams may play each other twice in the same week “so they don’t have to test twice,” he added.

The league isn’t allowing spectators at indoor sports, Metheany said, though that could change if health conditions improve.

“Later on, we may allow the families of seniors to come,” he said.

Board members again discussed allowing teams to participate in the CCS playoffs, but they “didn’t put that line in the sand yet,” Metheany said, adding that it could soon be a moot point.

“There are only three sections in the state that are still having section playoffs,” he said, “and everything I’m hearing is that it’s probably not going to happen.”

The CCS is set to address the playoffs at its Thursday meeting.

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