After months of waiting for CIF to determine the fate of high school sports this year, Diamond Bar High School student-athletes finally received some answers. Fall sports are now scheduled to start in January.
Last week, CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod announced a new schedule for the 2020-21 school year.
“The decision was made to condense three seasons of sport into two seasons of sport, primarily to help with spacing between particular sports and the overlap of certain sports between seasons,” Wigod wrote.
Fall sports, including boys and girls cross-country, football, competitive cheer, boys volleyball and boys and girls water polo, will start playing in January. Spring sports, including badminton, baseball, boys and girls basketball, competitive sport cheer, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming and diving, boys and girls tennis, softball, boys and girls track and field and wrestling, will start to take place in March.
Because some sports with longer seasons are at risk of overlapping, all seasons are limited to a 72-day duration, according to the CIF ruling. This will affect sports that are played over a longer period, namely soccer and basketball.
CIF handed authority for rules regarding the off-season period, which this year will extend to December, to high school principals.
Like most plans regarding schools, this sports plan is tentative at best. Regardless, DBHS Athletic Director Albert Lim is confident in CIF’s plan and is trying not to dwell on uncertainties.
“When CIF released its revised sports calendar, I felt relieved because now we have a plan to work with,” Lim said via email. “Nothing is ever going to be perfect as I know CIF spent a lot of time debating and figuring out the schedule, so I have full confidence in what they did.”
While Lim tries to stay positive, he mentioned how the pandemic has impacted the lives of walk-on coaches, whose livelihoods rely on high school sports.
”Some of our coaches have definitely been negatively impacted in terms of their income and not having work,” Lim said via email. “The majority of our coaches are in a good place and the overwhelming majority of our coaches are returning to coach this coming school year.”
Although coaches are still trying to work with students online, the lack of proper summer training is going to be a major setback in January competitions.