Everyone from the NFL, to the NCAA and NAIA levels of college football, and every state association is holding out hope for a “traditional” (whatever that means at this point) football season this fall. But each of those organizations is also kicking around some alternative options as well, as cancelled pro sports leagues and winter and spring sports leagues aren’t all that far in the rearview mirror.
One other association kicking around an interesting alternative is the California Community College Athletic Association, or CCCAA. For those unaware, the California system of junior colleges operates independently from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Late last week the association announced that they’ve approved a three-part plan to allow for the return of sports that will be directed by California’s health guidelines. Right now, they are moving forward with the “Conventional Plan” which keeps the traditional fall and spring seasons, except for the moving of men’s and women’s basketball to the spring. The only way the Conventional Plan will be used is if California begins Phase 4 of their repoening plan by July 17th.
By July 17th, if it is still unsafe to resume athletic activities, the CCCAA plans to move to one of two plans – the Contact / Non-Contact Plan or the Contingency Plan.
The Contact / Non-Contact plan, meaning California would be in Phase 3 of their reopening process, would move football to early February. The Contingency Plan, planned for use if the state is in Phase 2 of reopenings, would move football to the spring season.
In each of the plans, the sport seasons will be reduced to between 70% and 75% of their current totals, and post-conference competition will be limited to only regional championships.