The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State office issued an update on the schedule for potential high school sports competition in the event a return to play became possible under the public health orders in place across the state.
CIF officials continue to create plans in the event a return to competition becomes possible with an improvement in relevant COVID-19 metrics.
On Tuesday, they released an updated schedule splitting the various high school sports into two groupings, CIF Season 1 Sports and CIF Season 2 Sports.
CIF Season 1 Sports are scheduled to run from January to April, as permitted, and includes traditional competitive cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, gymnastics, skiing/snowboarding, girls volleyball and water polo.
CIF Season 2 Sports are scheduled to take place from March through June, as permitted, and includes badminton, baseball, basketball, competitive sport cheer, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, boys volleyball, wrestling.
Each of these sports was previously categorized into tiers associated with the four colored tiers applied to counties across the state based on their test positivity and adjusted case rates for COVID-19, as outlined in California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” reopening plan.
Each sport was categorized based on each sport’s level of contact and whether it is an indoor or outdoor sport.
With the continuing surge of COVID-19 cases across California, the vast majority of counties in California remain in the plan’s most restrictive purple tier.
Additionally, Los Angeles County also remains under a Regional Stay at Home Order triggered in early December when ICU capacity dropped to critical levels, from which it has yet to recover.
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