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The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which oversees high school sports, announced Monday it will begin the 2020-2021 school year with a modified season. Traditional fall sports will now begin starting in January, according to the CIF calendar. (Photo - Doug Jorgensen)

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) — the body that oversees high school sports — announced Monday it will begin the 2020-2021 school year with a modified season.

The CIF’s sports calendar now reflects fall sports beginning in January 2021.

Prior to the CIF’s highly anticipated announcement on July 20, Livermore High School Athletic Director James Petersdorf had predicted the shift of fall sports to the spring, which was a move made by college districts. The seasons will shorten, Petersdorf explained, noting it would be a matter of equity to simply cancel fall sports — for example cancelling girls’ volleyball but not boys’ volleyball. He said that his athletes continue to train but undergo daily temperature checks and health questionnaires. He further noted that while he’d like nothing more than to go to a football game, he asked for the community’s patience.

"We don’t want to do anything that’s going to put our kids at risk,” Petersdorf said.

Dublin High School also offers extracurricular youth sports camps that Tim Sbranti, athletic director, stated meet and exceed current county health protocols. The camps allow 11 or fewer students to train with a masked coach while socially distanced as a way to stay fit.

“Our primary plan of action will be determined solely by the guidelines of the Alameda County Public Health Department,” said Sbranti. “To the extent that we are able to have full practices and ultimately compete, any expansion of those activities as well as participation in CIF events at some point is really guided more by local health conditions.”

Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) directors include Michael Jaramillo at Amador and Joseph Viviani at Foothill High. Patrick Gannon, the district’s public information officer, noted PUSD is taking its lead from the state and county health.

“With Alameda County on the state's COVID-19 watch list, schools in the county aren't able to resume in-person learning until 14 consecutive days of being off this list,” Gannon explained. “Athletics wouldn't realistically be able to resume until after this.”

To review the CIF sports schedule, visit https://bit.ly/Indy_SportsSchedule.