CA Says No High School Football (Or ANY Sports) This Year

( Bad news for football fans and high school students in California. Owing to the ongoing Chinese coronavirus pandemic, no high school football games will take place this year. The next season of high school football in California is now expected to start in January 2021.

The governing body for high school sports in California, the California Interscholastic Federation, issuing a statement on Monday according to the Los Angeles Times detailing their decision.

“This is the best possible plan we have with what’s going on to give students an opportunity to participate,” the Los Angeles City Section Commissioner said to the Times. “There are going to be issues in terms of facilities and multiple-sport athletes, but this is the best scenario for the most people. I have confidence the schools and coaches will work it out among themselves.”

Football schedules will now be made individually by the ten athletic sectors of California schools, based on the recommendations put forward by the CIF. Practices for sports will be allowed to start earlier than January 2021, but not by much. Students should only expect to get back on the field and practicing as a team on December 14 2020, giving them just a handful of weeks to practice over the Christmas period.

The CIF confirmed that all sports, not just football, will not take place until next year.

Executive Director at the CIF, Ron Nocetti, blamed the “unprecedented times.”

“Given that not one sport didn’t have its calendar changed, we felt we needed to be flexible,” he said.

Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times published the new sports calendar on Twitter, explaining that sections will be able to decide when to start sports and how long for.

Jason Johnson, a political contributor to MSNBC made an interesting point, though.

Why is it high school sports are canceled but not the NFL?