Taking to the internet, CIF-SS Commissioner of Athletics, Rob Wigod held a video streamed press conference announcing the 2020-2021 Sports Calendars.
This new calendar is a result of a lot of work from the CIF-SS officers and began as early as April when spring sports were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to Wigod.
It was finalized last Monday and presented to the public during a press conference from the CIF-SS office.
The new calendar basically breaks the prep sports year into two seasons, Fall and Spring. It condenses the regular three season year in order to accommodate the spacing between particular sports and the overlap of certain sports between seasons.
This consideration is for the athletes who play and coaches who coach dual sports the time and ability to still do that. Also, this new calendar allows schools to maximize the use of their athletic facilities.
Wigod said the new calendar allows approximately 90 to 100 percent of every sports regular schedules to be played and full Section Championship experiences.
This means the same number of champions in each sport, the same number of divisions in each sport and the same number of guaranteed entries from league advancing to the playoffs in each sport as previous years.
“I have stated previously, that if we’re going to have Fall, Winter and Spring sports this upcoming school year, Wigod said. It will require vision, creativity, flexibility teamwork and unwavering commitment from all involved to get this job done.”
Other adjustments for the 2020-2021 sports calendar includes a transfer waiver for those athletes who move due to financial hardship, athletes to play in CIF-SS sanction sports while playing club sports at the same time and extension of The Summertime Rules.
The Summertime Rules places athletic programs under the authority of a school’s high school principal. When students return, provided state and local health authorities deem it safe todo so, schools can begin their pre-season preparations as they seem fit. A principal can allow teams to represent the member school as school teams during the off-season during the school year.
The new sports calendar still presents questions. Such as playing outdoor sports during the winter with inclement weather more prominent, multi-sport coaches who now have both of their sports playing in the same season, field resources availability, and officials.
That’s where Wigod responded that COVID-19 has placed us all into unusual situations and challenges will be faced under this new sports calendar.
“This has been a call to leadership and I believe we answered that call today, Wigod said. We all have a tremendous amount of work to do in the time ahead.”
To view the full press conference visit: https://cifss.org/news/2020-2021-sports-calendar-press-conference/