CIF cancels 2020-21 Fall sports Championships


Southern Section CIF briefs its social media following on their decision to cancel 2020-21 Fall Sports Championships (Credit: @cifss on Instagram).

Chloe Scofield, Assignment Editor

On the morning of Jan. 19, 2021, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section released a statement on their social media pages detailing the immediate cancellation of this year’s Fall sports championships.

The update, initialed by CIF’s commissioner of athletics Rob Wigod, accredited this decision to the lack of progress made between the purple and orange tiers of COVID-19 sectional designations. This lack of tier mobility will prevent the Fall sports’ seasons any time to prepare for any state competition.

The post says, “there will not be sufficient time for those sports to conduct viable league play,” and goes on to call the possibility of boys’ and girls’ cross country being able to compete in their competitions next week “not realistic.”

Detailed on their second reason for the cancellations, CIF gave the exact dates that each Fall sport, including Boys’/Girls’ Cross Country, Football, Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’/Girls’ Water Polo, seasons will end on.

CIF specifies that while they’re calling-off the Southern Section Championships, they are not canceling Fall sports seasons altogether and are hopeful that the new additional weeks added to their seasons will allow for more league competition.

Closing out the information on Fall sports, the CIF update clarifies that so far nothing has changed about the schedule for Spring sports, and that they will most likely make a decision about the spring championship in April.

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