Foothill League schools cancel nonleague football games

Erik Stafford, left, congratulates Trent Irwin after his touchdown during Hart's overtime victory against Chaminade.
Hart High won’t be playing nonleague football games this coming season after the district told athletic directors to cancel games because of the COVID-19 surge.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The seven-team Foothill League, made up of schools from William S. Hart Union High School District, were told on Thursday to cancel all nonleague football games because of the COVID-19 surge and informed that if Los Angeles County doesn’t come out of the purple tier by Jan. 11, then league games also would be jeopardized. The same decision applies for boys’ and girls’ volleyball.

District spokesman Dave Caldwell confirmed the information on Friday, saying in an email: “It’s based on the fact that L.A. County is in the purple tier and the county would have to be in the red tier for at least four consecutive weeks before we can move to the next level of student participation.”

High school sports for 2020-21 in California remain in limbo during COVID-19 pandemic. Full practices are set to begin Dec. 14 with games soon to follow.


Practices were scheduled to begin on Dec. 14 and games to start on Jan. 8.

Players from Hart, Valencia, Canyon, Saugus, Golden Valley, West Ranch and Castaic are allowed to condition with their coaches.

The decision by the Hart District could be one others in L.A. County make in the coming weeks. The state has not released updated youth sports guidance since Aug. 3, leaving sports teams in limbo.

The City Section is expected to make changes in its schedule next month. Teams were supposed to begin on Dec. 14, but that is unlikely under the current purple tier county guidelines. The Board of Managers will likely get rid of its start day and leave when to begin practices up to schools, charters and the Los Angeles Unified School District.