New sports schedule comes with tough choices

Isabella Walker
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Moving sports traditionally played during the winter season, like soccer, to the spring season creates conflicts for two-sport athletes such as Mountain View High’s Isabella Walker, above, who also runs track.

The California Interscholastic Federation’s decision to delay the start of high school sports until the winter and consolidate them into two seasons poses problems not only for section commissioners, athletic directors and coaches throughout the state, but also for many two-sport athletes now forced to make tough choices.

Riding for relief

Gavin Hlady
Courtesy of Gavin Hlady
On a 10-day ride, teens Keegan Pelton, from left, Charles Rausch and Gavin Hlady raised money for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Local teens Keegan Pelton, Gavin Hlady and Charles Rausch climbed more than 140,000 feet during their 10-day bicycle ride to raise money for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. They joined 132,701 other cyclists as part of the larger Climb for COVID Relief (#climbforcovidrelief) challenge last month.

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.

Community colleges won’t start sports until spring season

The California Community College Athletic Association announced Thursday that its board of directors overwhelmingly approved a plan to shift all sports to the spring season for the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Known as the Contingency Plan, it was among three potential scenarios approved by the board early last month. Initially, each plan was dependent on which phase of reopening California was in July 17, but the board last week opted to take action sooner.

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