Story by Ellie Campbell
Photo by Ella Jayasekera
CIF announced that it will push its 2020-2021 athletic calendar starting dates back to December on Monday, July 20. The organization combined the three sports seasons into two: the “fall” and “spring” seasons, however there will not be any competitions in the fall.
The new “fall” season is set to start at the beginning of winter. This includes some traditional fall sports, such as boys water polo, girls volleyball, cross country, and football, as well as girls water polo and boys volleyball — previously held in winter and spring, respectively. The regular season will end and playoffs will begin in early March.
Soccer, basketball, wrestling, girls tennis, and girls golf will join the “spring” sports schedule along with the standard badminton, swim, baseball, softball, and track and field. The “spring” sports will pick up as soon as the “fall” regular season concludes and its CIF competition will begin towards the end of May.
After canceling the 2020 spring season and tweaking the summer bylaws, CIF has extended the summer period up until the first date of the regular “fall” season, giving high school principals and athletic directors control of summer and preseason competitions. All regular seasons will be capped at 72 competitive days; the maximum number of allowable contests will still remain the same.
CIF follows the newest guidelines released by the Governor’s Office as well as the California Department of Public Health and local county health departments. Both the guidelines and CIF calendar are subject to change.