High school sports

No CIF-SS fall championships

MARINA VIKINGS won a CIF-SS football title in 2019, but won’t get a chance for a repeat. The playoffs have been cancelled for all fall 2020 sports (Orange County Tribune photos by Jim Tortolano).

The timing may seem a little strange, but it’s been a strange time in general.

On Tuesday the CIF-SS announced it was cancelling all fall sports championships because of the effects of the coronavirus and the state’s “stay at home” orders.

In a letter to all schools and the news media, Rob Wigod, commissioner of athletics for the organization that governs high school sports in the southern part of the state, said, “There has not been enough progress made from the purple [widespread] tier toward the orange [moderate] tier for football, girls’ volleyball and boys/girls water polo to even begin competition this season.

“Subsequently, there will not be sufficient time for those sports to conduct league play, which is necessary for us to be able to conduct section championships in those sports,” the letter continued.

Tuesday’s announcement does not cancel a planned late start for what would ordinarily be fall sports. Schools may – at least at present – organize athletic contests in the following categories with the listed “end dates.”

  • Boys/girls cross country: Saturday, March 27
  • 8-man football: Saturday, April 3
  • 11-man football: Saturday, April 17
  • Girls’ volleyball: Saturday, March 20
  • Boys/girls’ water polo: Saturday, March 20.

The above is contingent on the approval of state and local public health guidelines, making it questionable whether those sports will be played this academic year.

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