The ongoing pandemic has closed places like movie theaters, amusement parks, and restaurants. However, the most affected activities are sports, ranging from national to school levels. At school, sports have been paused for some time but might be seeing a comeback.
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) will open sports similarly to how it is done on the national levels, with no live crowd. Live crowds will not interfere with the athletes’ health, allowing them to practice and play to their fullest extents.
“In collaboration with our 10 sections, education-based athletics for the 2020-21 season will begin with a modified season of sport schedule.” CIF said.
The modified sports season will result in games with regular COVID-19 testing. The testing will be similar to the drive-thru tests being done right now. Athletes will be asked to quarantine if they have symptoms of the disease. Along with this, the season itself will change, such as shorter seasons than usual.
“Split all its sports into two ‘seasons,’ instead of three, with varying start and playoff dates.” CIF said.
Splitting of seasons can cause an unknown effect on school sports. However, before the season starts, athletes need to find a way to practice by themselves and with their teammates in a professional manner.
“You can take a number of steps to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and reduce the spread while playing sports,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. “The more people a participant interacts with, the closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.”
The actual starting dates for practices have not been determined by the administration, but most student athletes predict that it will be around November to March.
CIF and the AUSD administration will give more information on how to proceed with school sports in the future.