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California High School Sports Won't Start Until Winter Due to Virus Surge

Fall's Friday night lights won't shine until winter under a modified calendar for high school sports in California.

Presnap during a high school football game between the Mater Dei Monarchs and the St. John Bosco Braves.
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High school football, volleyball, gymnastics and other fall sports will not start until winter under a revised calendar issued Monday by the California Interscholastic Federation.

The governing body for prep sports in California released a statement on the 2020-2021 calendar after it became increasingly likely that most schools in the state will begin the school year with online instruction instead of on-campus learning due to the coronavirus.

The CIF calendar outlines dates for the last day of section playoffs and the last day of regional and state championships. Most of those dates for fall sports are in March and April, meaning most fall sports will start in December and January.

Each of the state’s 10 sections will then release their own schedule with that framework in mind. 

High schools were scheduled to begin football practice in early August. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out sweeping new rules Friday that all but ensured most of the state’s K-12 schools will not reopen classrooms in the fall. The rules also mandate that all staff and students above Second Grade who do return to campuses wear masks in school.

School across the nation's most populous state closed in March as California rolled out stay-home restrictions.

Newsom said all schools, public and private, in counties that are on a state monitoring list for rising coronavirus infections cannot hold in-person classes and will have to meet strict criteria for reopening. Thirty-two of California's 58 counties are on the list, encompassing the vast majority of the state's population and its biggest cities, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

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