Decision on California high school sports delayed until January due to pandemic

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 22:57:04-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Due to the pandemic, high school sports are officially on hold until January at the earliest.

But while frustration is setting in, CIF is doing everything it can to get the kids back on the field.

There's nothing like high school football and the sights and sounds of Friday Night Lights, or a slam dunk on the basketball court. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, it's wait-and-see for every high school athlete.

"I think it's very disappointing. Are kids, are families, are schools and communities have been waiting quite a long time and it's been tough," says San Diego Section CIF Commissioner Joe Heinz.

There was hope of a December start, but as COVID-19 surged, it was negated by the California Department of Public Health.

"It's definitely a fine balance across the nation as different things are happening," Heinz said. "I know our executive director is talking on a regular basis with the California Department of Health and with the governor's office."

So for the time being, players, coaches, schools, and everybody else associated with high school athletics must be patient. It has everyone frustrated.

"You can't blame them. I think we are all frustrated. It's been a long time coming, and when you see other things going on in other states, which has been successful," said Heinz.

Now, if the OK is given next month, Heinz says they will have a plan in place. However, there is no guarantee all sports can be played.

"Obviously we could get to some point where we just don't have enough time to get a season in. There is no way to compact all of our sports into one season. We're just waiting for that opportunity to put a plan in place. We are just waiting for the word from the state," Heinz said.