Sports

JCs move the sports to the spring

GOLDEN WEST (in green, at right) and Orange Coast will play football in the spring of 2021 (File photo).

 

There have been several attempts to launch spring professional football leagues and all have failed. Now, we’ll see how the community colleges can do.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body for the state’s two-year colleges sports will be moving football – indeed, all its intercollegiate athletics – to the spring.

The California Community College Athletic Association plans to have two slightly overlapping seasons: early spring and late spring. The “early” season will involve basketball, cross country, football, women’s golf, soccer, women’s volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

The “late” season will include badminton, baseball, beach volleyball, men’s golf, softball, swim and dive, tennis, track and field, and men’s volleyball.

All the teams would see a shorter season. Football, for example, would be limited to seven games, plus one scrimmage. Previously teams played 10 games, one scrimmage and – potentially – playoff games.

The football games can start on Feb. 13 and conference play must conclude by April 6. The “late” season would begin on April 10 and finish by June 23.

Area community colleges fielding football teams are Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Fullerton College and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

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