High school sports update as CIF offices reopen this week

The CIF Southern Section reopens, but no walk-ins are permitted at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The CIF Southern Section reopened recently 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.

As for the latest CIF updates regarding high school sports, here is what has been released. In regards to the pre-participation physical examination waiver form, CIF Bylaw 503.G requires an annual pre-participation physical examination for every student athlete before athletic competition, which now includes the opportunity for a 30-day waiver of that requirement upon request by the student’s parents to the school administration. The CIF State Office will have the necessary forms to request that waiver posted on their website at http://www.cifstate.org. CIF Bylaw 503.G only applies to the high school season of sport, the bylaw does not require the annual pre-participation physical examination to be completed before tryouts, summer programs, etc., as that would be an individual school, school district or private school decision to mandate the pre-participation physical examination before those activities.

The CIF offices are continuing to monitor the ever-changing situation involved with the COVID-19 pandemic in preparation for the announcement regarding the status of fall, winter and spring sports for the 2020-2021 school year by July 20.

“As decision date approaches, I want you to be aware of how this information will be disseminated to you the CIF state office will announce the dates for the CIF regional and CIS state championships for each sport,” Rob Wigod, CIF Southern Section commissioner, said.

Once those dates are identified CIF Southern Section will release the specific sports calendars which will include dates of the first interscholastic competitions, sit-out periods for each sport and of the regular season dates, section playoff dates and dates for the Southern Section Championship Finals.

“It is evident to me that the clear and consistent message from our stakeholders is a desire for us to deliver fall, winter and spring sports this upcoming school year,” Wigod said. “For that to take place, it will require vision, creativity, flexibility, teamwork and unwavering commitment from all involved to answer this call to leadership.”

For more information from the Southern Section offices, visit http://www.cifss.org.

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