Torrey Pines coach fighting to get high school athletes back on the field

Posted at 9:48 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 12:48:30-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- California High School sports are still on hold until at least Jan. 25, in accordance with the Department of Public Health guidelines. However, a group of coaches and parents are petitioning the governor to let them play.

"Kids want to be together and share memories and time. Especially the seniors, as this is the time of their life," says Torrey Pines Head Football Coach Ron Gladnick.

Coach Gladnick is part of the Golden State High School Football Coaches Association. And together, along with the Facebook group "Let them Play CA", they are taking their voice straight to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

"We got 600 head coaches together, as well as over 6,000 coaches," said Gladnick. "Our governor has to decide to deal with us, or not deal with us. It's a situation where kids have not been heard at all. We want an opportunity to present real data to the government, and we are not interested in politics. We are interested in him responding to real data."

Gladnick is passionate about this petition, saying it's all about the kids. He wants high school athletes back out on the field in a safe manner and hopes that football can lead the way for the return of all high school sports.

"They have no representation, and they are just getting run over," says Gladnick.

Currently, high school competitions in California are on hold due to health guidelines as most of the state sits in the purple tier. Gladnick calls it frustrating as games are being played in other states.

"It's incredibly frustrating as 39 states have played full seasons with playoffs, while we rely on a color chart," Gladnick said.