On Friday, the state CIF met with its 10 section commissioners to decide if spring sports would resume. However, with Gov. Gavin Newsom mandating online learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the commissioners had little choice but to cancel the spring sports season.
On Monday, CIF Commission Jerry Schniepp sent out this letter detailing the decision-making process that went into the cancellation and how we will move forward with summer activities and fall sports
Letter to San Diego Section Schools
As you are aware of the most recent updates regarding Covid-19 restrictions in California, schools will continue moving toward distance learning for the remainder of the year. With no schools open physically, we do not see an avenue to resume the spring sports season. We held out hope and worked on plans for some semblance of a season for as long as we could. We contemplated and drafted different scenarios where we would have shortened seasons, modified schedules with no playoffs and games with no spectators. I know you have all discussed different scenarios as well. Unfortunately, we are not able to put any of those plans in place.
I know you are all scrambling to set up and expand programs that facilitate a different type of learning. We have no choice in these strange times but to be creative and think outside the box—our boxes have been broken down for us. Athletics are not at the forefront of your focus, nor should they be. However, I want to personally thank each of you for your dedication to high school sports. As we’ve navigated some very choppy waters this spring, you’ve all considered what athletics mean to so many students, you’ve been patient and hopeful regarding the resumption of spring sports and I know that now, will be understanding about this information about spring sports.
The CIFSDS office will continue to be operational this spring and will hold many different meetings regarding academic eligibility, summer activities and the affect that the current restrictions are already having on the fall season of sports. We will remain communicative with our schools and your athletic leaders. I ask that you keep athletics and student-athletes in mind as well as we could very likely be forced to be creative and flexible in the foreseeable future, in order to provide quality programs while placing the safety of our students first.
Thank you again for all that you do for high school sports. We look forward to getting past this in the very near future and seeing you all soon.
Jerry Schniepp, CIFSDS Commissioner