There have been a few critical reports out of the CIF Southern Section office this week. Below is the most up-to-date, pertinent information.
As of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, CIF Southern Section has elected to cancel the 2020-2021 CIF Southern Section Fall Sports Championships due to COVID.
This means that there will not be section playoffs for the following sports:
- Boys’ Cross Country
- Girls’ Cross Country
- Girls’ Volleyball
- Boys’ Water Polo
- Girls’ Water Polo
Obviously, this is very disheartening. In trying to find some solace in this announcement, here is a modicum of positivity from this most recent statement:
- Fall sports are not canceled yet. We are still holding out hope that fall sports will get to have a season.
- For cross country, a season seems highly likely (replete with dual meets) as these athletes can compete in the purple tier.
- For the other fall sports, we still need to get into the orange tier before we can compete. By canceling section playoffs, the end date for fall sports is extended. This gives us more time to schedule contests for our teams if we are able to have a season.
The new end dates for fall sports are as follows:
- Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country: Saturday, March 27, 2021
- Football: Saturday, April 17, 2021
- Girls’ Volleyball: Saturday, March 20, 2021
- Boys’ and Girls’ Water Polo: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Hopefully, we will be able to have seasons, and we will be able to schedule contests until those end dates.
Spring sports remain in place with the original schedule that was released in July. Boys’ Volleyball has been added to the spring sports calendar.
We encourage all student-athletes to stay strong and remain resilient. They need to stay invested in their athletics and their academics.
Additionally, as of Wednesday, January 20, 2021 the CIF State Office rescinded the suspension of Bylaws 600-605. This summer (July 20, 2020), the CIF State Office made the decision to temporarily suspend CIF Bylaws 600-605. In doing so, they made it possible for student-athletes to compete with their club teams and their high school teams during the same season of sport. Unfortunately, the CIF State Office has now rescinded the suspension of those bylaws. This means that student-athletes will not be allowed to compete with their club teams and their high school teams during the same season of sport. Bylaws 600-605 are back in affect.
After multiple talks with representatives from the CIF Southern Section Office, it has become abundantly clear that this decision was not one over which CIF had much control. The CA Department of Public Health released an updated guidance document that asserted, “Athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period (notwithstanding competitions…).” CIF cannot allow students to compete with two cohorts (club and high school) during the same season because it would be in direct violation of the CA DPH guidance.
The moment a student-athlete plays a high school game, he/she cannot return to his/her club team. If he/she returns to the club team after playing a high school game, then it will be in direct violation of Bylaws 600-605. This could force high school teams to forfeit games or entire seasons. As soon as a student-athlete plays in 1 high school game, he/she cannot return to his/her club team until the high school season is over.
If you have any questions about these most recent updates from the CIF office, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.