California is home to some of the most talented high school football players in the country, but they’ll have to wait until at least December to take the field. This morning, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced that all fall and winter sports will be moved to the spring term, with football starting in December or January 2021. California high school basketball, which typically begins in late November/early December, has been pushed back as well, with playoffs happening in June.
“The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has determined, in collaboration with our 10 Sections, that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule (see below for 2020-21 sports calendar),” the press release says. “Our calendar reflects the season for each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered. Following this announcement, each CIF Section Office will release their own calendar to reflect regular season starting and ending dates and Section playoffs. It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.
“We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront. As these guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow for athletic activity to potentially resume under the summer period rules of the local Section.”
Here is the updated CIF calendar:
UK Football doesn’t typically bring in a lot of prospects from the West Coast, but this will have huge ramifications on college football recruiting nationwide. Jack Pilgrim will be by later today to tell you how it might impact Kentucky Basketball recruiting.