The California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section is considering offering fall, winter and spring sports in condensed seasons in the spring semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Southern California Newspaper Group local sports editor Fred Robledo.
“What I’m hearing from people familiar with CIF-SS back-up plans should there be no football in the fall, is NO sports through December. Back-up option would be FALL sports Jan-March; WINTER sports Feb-April and SPRING sports April-June. Everything would be shortened seasons,” Robledo tweeted in June.
That plan would mean that many high school student-athletes would be involved in sports for the majority – or entirety – of the semester if they play multiple sports.
Participating in both water polo and swimming, for example, is quite common in Southern California. In the section, men’s water polo is a fall sport, women’s is a winter sport, and coed swimming is a spring sport. Under condensed plan, then, it would be easier for a male athlete to participate in both sports compared to a female athlete.
“It is evident to me that the clear and consistent message from all our stakeholders is a desire for us to deliver Fall, Winter and Spring sports this upcoming school year,” Wigod wrote. “For that to take place, it will require vision, creativity, flexibility, teamwork and unwavering commitment from all involved to answer this call this call to leadership.”
Rob Wigod released an update through CIF-SS, and interesting part was noting that plan is still to have a fall, winter and spring season .. pic.twitter.com/ggghmp0o1n
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) July 2, 2020