Cross-country could begin next week if stay-at-home order lifted

Marina junior Marikay Schwab runs in the girls' Division 2 CIF Southern Section Cross-Country Finals  on Nov. 23, 2019.
Marina junior Marikay Schwab runs in the girls’ Division 2 CIF Southern Section Cross-Country Finals at Riverside City Cross-Country Course on Nov. 23, 2019.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

High school sports have yet to begin this school year, but it remains to be seen for how long.

Youth sports guidelines have indicated that the earliest that competition between two teams can occur will be Monday, contingent upon the stay-at-home order being lifted.

If that were the case, the only fall sport within the CIF Southern Section that could take place within the purple, most-restrictive tier is cross-country.

The CIF issued some additional guidance in preparation for the possibility that the cross-country season may soon get underway.

The guidelines call for masks to be worn and social distancing protocols to be adhered to by all present at a meet unless they are currently participating in the competition.

Staggered starts were offered up as a recommendation, as well as widening the course to a minimum of six feet at its narrowest point and expanding the finish line area to further promote physical distancing.

Participants and attendees are also asked not to shake hands before or after races, and water bottles should not be shared.


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