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CIF postpones high school football, other fall sports amid pandemic

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Monday that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule.

The CIF says this fall’s athletic competition schedule is officially being pushed back to the end of the year due to COVID-19.

“When it is all said and done we could be looking at 9 months with of high school sports being on the sidelines,” Ron Nocetti, Executive Director of CIF, said.

Nocetti talks about the changes to the 2020-2021 sports calendar.

“It moves our sports season to the December-January period. It shifts and makes two seasons instead of three to avoid some of the overlap. Obviously this will mean some choices for multi-sports athletes,” Nocetti said.

“The safety of our athletes has to come first,” Coach John Beam, Laney College Athletics Director, said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has now impacted the California high schools sports calendars for winter, spring and now this upcoming fall.

Laney College head football coach and athletics department director John Beam talks about the potential impact for high school student-athletes hoping to compete on the next level.

“I think for the division 1 college athletes, for the most part,they’re going to be fine. They’re already on everybody’s radar. It is the ones that are the hidden gems that can create some problems because there is not enough competition,” Beam said.

He anticipates college recruiters will do less i-person evaluations of athletes and lean more on using computer technology as a resource.

His advice for high school student athletes, be ready.

“The most important thing for any athlete that wants to be recruited is do you have the grades to get into the school and meet the requirements to get into the NCAA? Then you have the film that you have already. Put that together and get it out to people. Reach out to the colleges that your interested in and send it to them. Let’s put some workout tapes together and send that out there as well,” Beam said.

Nocetti says the CIF is keeping an eye on the changing developments with COVID-19.

“This is education based athletics. We’re going to follow the guidelines of the state, the governor, the department of public health,” Nocetti said.

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