By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The CIF and Los Angeles City Section have released it’s upcoming season for interscholastic athletics. After months of uneasiness and questions a schedule has been put in place. The high numbers of the coronavirus has caused major changes in the classroom and on sports fields.
Fall sports have been pushed back with practice for Football, Cross country (Boys and Girls), Competitive Cheer all beginning practices on December 14th. The actual seasons begin January 8th. There is also a combined sports that will be played at the same time that would normally be played in different seasons such as; Boys and Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls volleyball and Boys and Girls Water Polo.
Most spring sports are pushed back with practices beginning February 15th for softball and other sports March 8th. Because they are played in doors and considered “high risk sports” basketball and wrestling have been moved to the later part of the spring.
“Throughout this fluid situation it has always been the goal to give student athletes an opportunity to compete. I would like to thank all our constituents for their support and compassion that they’ve shown throughout this pandemic,”LA City Section Commissioner Vicky Lagos said. “These decisions took a tremendous amount of creativity, resilience, forward thinking and dedication all the while keeping the health and the safety of the student athletes and coaches at the forefront.”