By the Daily Post staff
Football and the other sports played in the fall by high school students will be delayed until December or January because of the coronavirus pandemic, the California Interscholastic Federation announced this morning.
Each of the 10 sections will release their own schedules built around the CIF calendar released today.
High school football practice was to begin Aug. 3 followed by the first game on Aug. 21.
In addition to football, girls volleyball, cross country, boys water polo, girls golf, girls tennis and field hockey will also be delayed.
In Palo Alto, Superintendent Don Austin said all athletic conditioning for fall sports will end today (July 21). Students were previously able to meet in small groups to train for some sports like swimming. Austin said the state announcement was disappointing but not unexpected. He said more clarification is needed about whether practices will be allowed even though it is clear games are canceled this fall.
The CIF’s announcement came out three days after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most public and private schools to begin the school year with distance learning rather than having students in the classroom. Newsom had previously said he was leaving the decision about how to open schools up to local school boards.
Principals and athletic directors are expected to meet with their coaches this week to devise a plan.
Here’s the CIF sports calendar released today: