High school sports

Coronavirus still stalls games

THE CIF-SS is telling schools that sports won’t resume until Jan. 25, if then (Shutterstock).

The chances of high school sports making a comeback this winter are looking very much – like a high fly ball – up in the air.

In a letter released Wednesday, Rob Woods, commissioner of athletics for the CIF-SS, reported that the California Department of Public Health will not sanction any prep sports until Jan. 25, at the earliest. That’s significant because many football programs had planned on playing games right after Christmas or the New Year.

The CDPH will reassess that rule on Monday, Jan. 4.

However, coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb all across Orange County, the state and the nation. Nearly all of California’s counties are in the “purple” tier with the most restrictions.

If prep sports are allowed in the purple tier, those that would be permitted would be cross country, golf, swimming and diving, tennis and track and field.

In the red or “substantial” field, allowed sports would be baseball, softball, field hockey and girls’ lacrosse.  In the orange or “moderate” tier, allowed sports would be badminton, football, gymnastics, boys’ lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and water polo. In the yellow or “minimal” tier, basketball cheerleading and wrestling would be permitted.

“There is no doubt that we have significant challenges ahead of us,” he wrote. “We must try and overcome those challenges with every effort we can make in support of our student-athletes.” He added, “Now is not the time to lose hope and I know I can count on you to continue to fight for what we all believe in.”

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