CIF postpones fall prep sports until winter

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

There will be no high school sports in California this fall. Football, volleyball cross county and other fall sports will be held over the winter, if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides by then.

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for prep sports in the state, made the announcement Monday morning.

CIF officials said it made no sense to try to have on-campus sports and practices with so many of the state's schools closed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Instead, the CIF said, each of the state's 10 sections will select start dates for the fall seasons.

The CIF Central Section released its fall schedule Monday. Taft Union High School is part of the Central Section

The section said fall sports including football, cross country, water polo and volleyball teams can start practice on Dec. 14. Most of the sports can start playing on Dec. 28, but football won't start until Jan. 7.

Winter and spring sports will also be impacted.

Boys and girls and soccer teams will start practice on Feb. 22 and start playing March 8. Boys and girls basketball starts practice on March 8 and games on March 22. Boys and girls tennis will follow that same schedule.

Baseball and softball, golf and track and field will all start practice on March 15 and playing on March 27.

The state CIF released this statement with the announcement:

“We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront. As these guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow for athletic activity to potentially resume under the summer period rules of the local Section.”