The CIF Southern Section Executive Committee held their final meeting of the school year recently and made recommendations on the action items that will be voted on at their upcoming CIF Southern Section Council meeting Thursday, May 21.

Each year, in collaboration with the executive committee and their staff, the CIF publishes their Southern Section Goals in August for the first executive committee meeting of the year. Then, at the March Executive Committee meeting, which was moved to early May, the commissioner presented the responses to those goals and what has been accomplished the previous years. Those responses are published online at www.cifss.org.

Commissioner Rob Wigod. Valley News/Courtesy photo

In the middle of March, when the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the initial closures of schools, there were many questions posed regarding summer programs and whether the Summer Dead Period Rule would still be in effect. The answer to that question at that time was “yes” and that same answer remains in place. A couple of weeks later, virtually all member schools closed their doors for the remainder of the school year and included the summer in those closures. Currently, the CIF is not aware of any schools who are planning to reopen their campuses this summer to conduct summer camps, organized team practices, weight room training, summer league competition, summer tournaments, etc.

“In this uncertain time, we have no idea on whether those circumstances will change, but if they do, that will be a decision made by the local school/school district/private school leadership entrusted with that important decision,” Rob Wigod, commissioner of CIF Southern Section, said.

If schools are concerned with the application of the Summer Dead Period Rule this summer, if their campuses are reopened, there is an option that should be considered.

“As the end of the school year approaches, if you have not already done so, begin your 14 consecutive day Summer Dead Period immediately after your last day of school. In that way, you will be fulfilling the requirements of the Summer Dead Period Rule, and if there are opportunities to conduct some form of a summer program later, you will have satisfied that requirement before those activities would start. If you have already submitted your dates for your Summer Dead Period, you may revise those original dates to do what is suggested here,” Wigod said.

All that is required is the revised Summer Dead Period dates be submitted to the CIF office in advance of the date that a specific school Summer Dead Period will begin.

“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.”

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