Fall High School Sports Season Delayed
The start of California’s high school sports season has been pushed back until at least December — meaning traditional fall sports, like football, won’t crown new state champions until next spring.
Today’s announcement from the California Interscholastic Federation isn’t a total surprise: As coronavirus numbers surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom handed down a directive last week that will likely force most public and private K-12 schools to begin the new school year online.
As L.A. Times high school sports guru Eric Sondheimer puts it:
The state’s governing body for high school sports might be giving the state’s more than 800,000 athletes their best opportunity to have a sports season in the 2020-21 school year.
California’s state high school football championships were supposed to be wrapped up by early December. Instead, they’re now scheduled to be held in mid-April 2021.
Athletes in sports like cross country, girls volleyball and boys water polo will see their November state tournament dates pushed back into mid-March.
Spring sports will be delayed as well. For instance, the state basketball tournament, normally played in March, has now been penciled in for June 2021.