California’s CIF-San Diego Section Cancels Championships for 2nd Year in a Row

The California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section announced on Friday it will not hold the 2021 section championship meet because of COVID-19. The CIF commission had switched the start of swim and dive season with water polo, so swim and dive started two months early and the championship was set to take place on April 23 and 24.

In his memo, commissioner Joe Heinz wrote:

“The CIF San Diego Section has made the difficult decision to cancel the Swim & Dive Championships previously scheduled for Saturday, April 24th. We have been holding out hope that the state’s guidance would be adjusted to accommodate larger scaled competitions, yet based upon all the information available to us at this time we do not see any adjustments being made that would enable us to host a section-wide Championship event. We will adjust our 2020-2021, Master Calendar to show April 24th as the last possible date for competitions. We would also like to thank our Swim & Dive, student-athletes, coaches, Conference Presidents, Schedulers, and Officials Associations who worked with us in an extremely tight time span to adjust their schedules and seasons to provide this opportunity for student-athletes throughout our section.”

This marks the second year in a row that the San Diego Section student-athletes have not had a championship meet. Greg Spire, head coach of Canyon Crest Academy, is organizing a Zoom call to discuss options with area coaches on Sunday, March 28.

The North Coast Section has also canceled their championships. As of now, the Central Coast Section, Southern Section, and Sac-Joaquin Section are all slated to hold championship meets in May.

 

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DropTheHammer
5 months ago

Ludicrous. California is a mess right now

Coach Rob
5 months ago

I wonder when the people of California will realize that the Democrats are ruining everything by unnecessarily cancelling things and shutting things down. It’s a shame. I’ve had friends lose their businesses in Cali. Thank you, Democrats :/ This meet would still happen if it were in Texas!

Coach Biggie
Reply to  Coach Rob
5 months ago

I agree, the coronavirus has impacted my coaching and training plans so much that our club hasn’t sent a swimmer to Jr Nationals in 6 years!

Victor
Reply to  Coach Biggie
5 months ago

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Mr Piano
Reply to  Coach Rob
5 months ago

And the democrats didn’t even shut this meet down, it was the school system…..

If people actually started wearing their masks and stayed socially distant, we wouldn’t be in this mess. I had a friend who went to his championship meet last week. Guess what? Now he got Covid.

It sucks that this meet got canceled, but don’t blame it on the democrats (they didn’t even shut this down), blame it on people who aren’t taking the necessary precautions.

Texas is not a good example to use. The leaders in Texas clearly don’t care at all about their people (not saying California is too caring either). They’ve ignored the people since the winter snowstorm that devastated thousands,… Read more »

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

You just fell for some low quality bait dude.

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

School System in San Diego equals Democrats and they had to operate within guidelines set by the State. At some point you have to acknowledge that it’s a hot mess in California with the Covid policy.

Last edited 5 months ago by Troll Longhorn
WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

Great non-sequitur on Texas…We’re not talking about weather or power grids. As a prior resident of California, it is also ironic to bring up since Cali can’t exactly brag about power grids and dependability. Texas (along with Florida) are however great examples of how states like California are really barfing up their response to Covid-19. Let’s follow the “science” shall we? We are one year deep into the “pandemic”. There is virtually no difference in outcomes between states that locked down and those that did not. In some cases, states that did not lockdown (Florida) actually have better outcomes than ones that did (New York as an example). The youth of this country are actually faring better with COVID-19 then… Read more »

Mr Piano
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
5 months ago

We can’t go back to normal because my grandfather and hundreds of thousands of others are dead, because of people who refused to wear a mask or stay socially distant. We are in something called a pandemic.

John jay
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
5 months ago

Do not mix and match. Masks work. The kids in CA are being put out tp pasture. Has nothing to do with masks or party.

Team Chlorine
Reply to  Coach Rob
5 months ago

Not a political decision. Not the Democrats’ fault. Not helpful to frame it that way. Just lazy people that can’t be bothered to find solutions. The meet could be held in a Covid safe manner.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Coach Rob
5 months ago

I don’t live in California but I would vote for Kevin Falconer if I still did. Falconer is one of those moderate republicans you find back east like Charles Baker or Larry Hogan. Baker and Hogan also in heavy Democratic states, but you need mixture. The Dems in Ca biggest thing was in their minds picking up Orange County rather than fixing things more in the Central Valley since Kern doesn’t vote that much for them. Well, of course will say Arnold S didn’t do much, but you can try something different.

Wakeup
Reply to  Coach Rob
5 months ago

or Oklahoma, Florida, South Dakota, Alabama to add on the list….

Hswimmer
5 months ago

So dumb

Coach
5 months ago

This is where the club coaches need to step up and provide something for the athletes. The Tennessee club coaches do a great job of providing a high school meet for their swimmers since the Tennessee High School Athletic Association does not offer one. I’m sure they would be a great resource.

Bevo
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

Great idea. We’re watching indoor swimming in North Carolina and the Pac 12 had to take their meet somewhere else. Take the meet somewhere else. sounds like someone is already planning to do something for the kids.

Crimson
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

TISCA is run by high school coaches, not club coaches. But you’re right that swimming is self-governed, not part of the TSSAA.

Arandomaverageswimmer
5 months ago

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Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Arandomaverageswimmer
5 months ago

Classic troll, state something so ludicrous and hard to believe that it should elicit a response. Luckily Cuomo took some of the heat off Gavin.

SCCOACH
5 months ago

Other sections in California are going forward with championship meets. I’m kind of confused here. It looks like San Diego wants to have a large scale meet and they are the ones pulling the plug. It doesn’t need to be a large scale meet. Without all the info it appears to me that this is a San Diego problem not a California problem. Would be nice to have a better explanation from the commissioner

David
Reply to  SCCOACH
5 months ago

Swimming is a Spring sport in CA. The other sections didn’t pull the swim season in like San Diego did. They other sections just have their meets scheduled later in May. They will get canceled as well so be ready.

This is all the fault of Gavin Newsom and Democrats that have the most ridiculous restrictions in place. No school district will buck what the “rules” are. Florida has proved that all of this has been for nothing. The shutdowns and the damage done to our kids hasn’t made any difference.

SCCOACH
Reply to  David
5 months ago

I know what the other sections are doing and they haven’t cancelled anything so you basically just came in here to say Democrats are dumb. Awesome post

John jay
Reply to  SCCOACH
5 months ago

Cif NCS and CCS are not holding section championships meets.

Anonymous
5 months ago

They should allow a virtual sanctioned version with multiple sites across the section 🙁 I feel for myself and all of the other athletes who have been training for a year for this meet

SwimmerNotSwammer
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

I think that SI swimming is hosting 13&O time trials for LC and SC around that date? I think they were originally meant to hop on the CIFs taper but I guess that’s probably all we have now 🙁

Coronabro
5 months ago

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