The CIF Southern Section offices released their latest updates regarding high school sports recently, and as October arrives, there have been some developments moving things forward in the effort to resume high school sports programs. While member schools are still conducting conditioning workouts on their campuses. following the appropriate health and safety guidelines recommended by state and local health authorities, the information below was put out by Rob Wigod, commissioner of the CIF Southern Section, last week.

“We have seen so many different things develop over the last several months and it has been extremely difficult to keep up with all the dynamics involved,” says Wigod. “However, what I want to assure you is there is one thing that will not change and that is our 2020-2021 Sports Calendars.”

The calendars do remain in place since they were announced on July 20 and will continue to remain in place as we begin October, approach November, and move forward in preparation for the launch of our Fall Sports season in mid-December. Many of the member schools have done a remarkable job arranging schedules and making plans for what lies ahead.

“I truly appreciate the incredible efforts they have made in service to our student-athletes,” stated Wigod. “Hopefully, progress will continue to be made in getting our students back on campus for academics and athletics as we forge on through these unprecedented times.”

As for the Southern Section Council Meeting recap from Thursday, October 1, there was only one Southern Section Action Item on the agenda, which would allow two yellow cards for Soccer to result in an ejection from that contest, but not include a suspension for the next contest, and that proposal passed (83-7-1). Non-Action Items at the CIF State Federated Council level were introduced for first reading: Adding Beach Volleyball as a CIF-approved sport, the Sunday Cheer Exception for the National High School Cheerleading Championships (authored by the Southern Section as we passed that proposal last May at the final Council meeting of the 2019-2020 school year), maximum allowable contest number of 28 for Baseball and Softball to take effect in the 2021-2022 school year, now that Baseball and Softball are CIF Regional sports, and CIF Federated Council Weighted Voting numbers were reviewed (there were no changes from the 2019-2020 numbers for any of the 10 sections in the state).

Rob Wigod, commissioner of the CIF Southern Section, addresses members of the media at a virtual meeting earlier this year. Valley News/Courtesy photo

As for Southern Section Non-Action Items, discussions were held on the proposal from the Hall of Fame/Distinguished Service Committee to develop criteria for Hall of Fame selections for coaches and the proposal from the Coastal Canyon League for an Altercation Plan for schools to follow, in the event of an incident that involves multiple players and coaches, to be included in the Blue Book.

The latest transfer numbers for July, August, and September of this year, as well as those same months of the 2019-2020 school year are available online at http://www.cifss.org.

“I hope this information is useful to you moving forward and if you have any questions, or I can help you in any way at all, do not hesitate to contact me,” Wigod said. “My staff and I are ready, willing, and able to assist you in any way we possibly can. Thank you very much for your help and support, it is deeply appreciated. Be well, stay safe, take care and all the best to you and your families.”

The CIF offices are open with normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those looking to get in touch with the offices, phone service will resume, but no walk-ins will be permitted at this time. Advanced in-person appointments or virtual meetings only will be allowed, and the office staff continue to be available via email as well. If someone who made an in-person appointment or a member of their family or staff are not feeling well at the time of the appointment, the offices ask that they either reschedule or participate in a virtual meeting instead. The offices will also continue to monitor the ever-changing situation involved with the COVID-19 pandemic in preparation of the fall and spring sports for the 2020-2021 school year.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.