CIF announces high school spring sports season is canceled
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Friday that the remainder of the high school spring sports season has been canceled.
The 10 section commissioners from around the state held a teleconference and confirmed they had run out of options in the face of a growing number of school districts announcing this week that their schools would remain closed because of social distancing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The big remaining state championship was in track and field, which was scheduled for May 29-30 at Buchanan High School in Clovis. According to PrepCalTrack.com, the cancelation marks the first time the meet has been truly canceled since the wartime years of 1942-45. In 1993, the state finals were canceled due to inclement weather, but widespread criticism statewide caused the meet to be revived and took place two weeks later.
Since schools were closed three weeks ago and the sports season suspended, high school athletes have tried to stay positive and continued to work out on their own in case the season was resumed.
“I think everybody is feeling the same,” said Studio City Harvard-Westlake outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, a likely first-round draft choice should pro baseball have its annual draft in June. “It’s a good time for everyone to buckle down and figure out how to grind when stuff doesn’t go like you thought it would. It’s a lot bigger than sports at this point. People’s health and safety should be a huge priority.”
The commissioners discussed the idea of allowing schools around the state to play one game this summer if the environment allowed it so seniors could put on their school uniforms one final time, according to people familiar with the call. That discussion was not mentioned in the CIF statement but will be up to each section to decide.
The CIF is expected to form committees to come up with contingency plans for fall sports.
“We’re going to work with the sections to get out front for the fall,” said Ron Nocetti, executive director of the CIF. “All of us hope the contingencies we come up with won’t be needed, but we’ll have plans in place. There’s still so much unknown and still fluid. The plans we discuss with sections will be if we start on time or if we start and then have to pause.”
It remains up to each of the 10 sections to decide whether to continue with summer dead periods, which require each school and each sport to take time off.
Statement by City Section commissioner. pic.twitter.com/9eTaIl3Ndd— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) April 3, 2020
City Section Commissioner Vicky Lagos said she will have a conference call with the Executive Committee next week and will recommend suspending the dead period for City teams this spring and summer. The Southern Section has indicated it will not change its dead period policy.
Spring sports are officially cancelled. Feel awful but there was not much that could be done. Thank you Angelique Munoz, Dannikah Star, Caitlyn Wall, and Sabrina Olmo for your 4 years of dedication to the program. pic.twitter.com/dCxiyg2Ice— ECR SOFTBALL (@ecr_j) April 3, 2020
A salute to our Senior Student-Athletes with spring seasons officially cancelled today. Triton Girls’ LAX was off to 5-0 undefeated start with seniors Paige Campbell (5.8 goals/game) & Gaby Perez leading the way. Disappointment will one day be replaced by lifelong friendships. pic.twitter.com/z5RSGFAnk3— Triton Athletics (@SCHSTritons) April 3, 2020
I want to thank all the Seniors for being great teammates and bro’s. I was a freshman coming to a varsity team full of studs and you guys welcomed me and taught me so much and for that I’m forever thankful! We’ll continue to work hard & continue your legacy! #LM @LMBaseball20— Jeramiah Sotelo (@jeramiah_sotelo) April 3, 2020
Couldn’t have asked for a better group of brothers! Sucks it had to end this way. Love you boys! Clete will be back! Thank you for the memories @ParacleteVBB! #alwaysaspirit #thejourneydoesntendhere https://t.co/tmyuw4jgKo— Ethan Rosario (@EthanRosario7) April 3, 2020
Heartbroken that the season is over. Thanks to all players, coaches, parents, and supporters of Wolfpack Baseball. We will find a way to honor these 17 incredible seniors who have left their mark in Great Oak Baseball history. Go Pack!! pic.twitter.com/0BL1Tnk5on— Great Oak Baseball (@gohsbaseball) April 3, 2020
The California Interscholastic Federation canceled the high school spring sports season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed campuses.
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