This morning, California announced plans for a modified sports season in 2020-21.
Each CIF section will release their own calendar saying when their regular season will start and end, and the CIF has outlined dates for the last day of section playoffs and last days for regional / state championships as guidelines.
The CIF anticipates that most sports won't start until December 2020, or January 2021. With a lot of schools announcing their plans to open virtually first, this timeline certainly makes sense.
According to the release from the California Interscholastic Federation:
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has determined, in collaboration with our 10 Sections, that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule (see below for 2020-21 sports calendar). Our calendar reflects the season for each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered. Following this announcement, each CIF Section Office will release their own calendar to reflect regular season starting and ending dates and Section playoffs. It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.
We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront. As these guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow for athletic activity to potentially resume under the summer period rules of the local Section. Also, given this calendar change, the CIF has temporarily suspended Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) in all sports for the 2020-21 school year (see below for more specific information related to these changes).
The announcement from the CIF also includes an extension, reconfiguration, and suspensions of a handful of bylaws including this suspension of bylaws 600-605 that will allow "participate on an outside team at the same time they participate on their high school team."
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Update:The CIF Southern Section has set the following schedule.