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Scripps Ranch football coach wants 'families to decide' when it comes to fall sports

Posted at 8:57 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 13:33:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- High School sports in the fall has been a big question mark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and next week, the California Scholastic Federation is expected to make a decision as to whether the students athletes will be taking the field.

But one local head coach is encouraging parents to step up, and voice their opinion on the matter. Scripps Ranch football coach Marlon Gardinera, has formed "".

"So if everybody really wants the kids in school, what we have to do is give them a voice in letting them get back to high school sports. As an example, at Scripps Ranch High School, ninety-four percent of the families said not only do they want their kids back in school, but they want them on campus."

Currently, coach Gardinera says the number of players has increased at the Falcons summer's workouts

"Parents are deciding they want their kids on campus. Thirty percent more of them are sending their kids out to football this summer. The kids have been cooped up in the house, and parents want them participating in a controlled activity."

Of course with safety being the number one priority.

"We take everyone's temperature, and we ask them five symptom related questions before we let them loose. They arrive and leave with masks."

So without a doubt, the sixty-four thousand dollar question is this. Should sports begin in the fall if students are not back on campus? Coach Gardinera says that is a tough call.

"My personal opinion, I think to some degree, is yes. Most of the sports we participate in are outdoors, some of them naturally lend themselves to social distancing."

Coach Gardinera is hoping parents will check out " It will enable them to hear the latest news, as well as keep in contact with school, and CIF officials.