Braves News · State CIF Press Release


The State CIF released guidelines and a rough athletic schedule for the 2020-21 school year.  Instead of three seasons of sport (Fall, Winter, Spring), all sports will be moved into two seasons (Winter and Spring). Exact start times have yet to be determined, but it’s anticipated that the first season will begin Mid-December or early January.

It’s obvious that this is going to be a challenging year. There are going to be some significant facility conflicts and we will have to make some big adjustments. We will all need to work together and be willing to be flexible.
Keep this in mind:
  • The goal is to provide whatever opportunity we can for kids to participate in High School Athletics in the 2020-21 school year.
  • ANY athletics this year is better than NONE.
  • No one knows what the next few months will look like in relation to COVID protocols. We’ll plan within the schedule the state has produced recognizing that this too might need to be changed down the line.
Credit: Steve Bulette, VHS Athletics Coordinator

** Below is the official State CIF press release

July 20, 2020

CIF Statement Regarding 2020-21 Sports Calendar and Bylaw Modifications

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has determined, in collaboration with our 10 Sections, that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule (see following pages for 2020-21 sports calendar). Our calendar reflects the season for each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered. Following this announcement, each CIF Section Office will release their own calendar to reflect regular season starting and ending dates and Section playoffs. It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.

We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront. As these guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow for athletic activity to potentially resume under the summer period rules of the local Section. Also, given this calendar change, the CIF has temporarily suspended Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) in all sports for the 2020-21 school year (see the following pages for more specific information related to these changes).

2020-21 CIF Sports Calendar

as of July 20, 2020 Sport

Last Day for Section Playoffs

*Last Day for Regional/State Championships

FALL

Volleyball (Boys & Girls)

March 13, 2021

March 20, 2021

Water Polo (Boys & Girls)

March 13, 2021

March 20, 2021

Cross Country

March 20, 2021

March 27, 2021

Trad. Competitive Cheer

Determined by Section

April 17, 2021

Football

April 10, 2021

April 17, 2021

Field Hockey

Determined by Section

**

Gymnastics

Determined by Section

**

Skiing & Snowboarding

Determined by Section

**

SPRING

Badminton

May 22, 2021

May 29, 2021

Soccer

May 29, 2021

June 5, 2021

Swimming & Diving

May 29, 2021

June 5, 2021

Tennis (Boys & Girls)

May 29, 2021

June 5, 2021

Wrestling

June 5, 2021

June 12, 2021

Basketball

June 12, 2021

June 19, 2021

Golf (Boys & Girls)

June 12, 2021

June 23, 2021

Baseball

June 19, 2021

June 26, 2021

Softball

June 19, 2021

June 26, 2021

Track & Field

June 19, 2021

June 26, 2021

^Competitive Sport Cheer

Determined by Section

**

Lacrosse

Determined by Section

**

 

*Regional/State Championship events have been reduced to one week for all sports

** Regional/State Championship events are not currently offered by the State CIF in these sports

Pursuant to Bylaw 1108, the CIF Executive Director issues the following notice:

Temporary Extension of Bylaws 501.F and 501.G (Summer Period)

Given that the CIF has moved the start of its traditional seasons of sport to December 2020, once allowed by the appropriate state and local agencies, CIF Sections may extend their summer period up until the first date of their Fall regular season sports calendar. All summer period activities must be authorized by the member school’s principal/designee. As per CIF Article 23, local schools, school districts, leagues, and Sections may develop a more restrictive rule than the CIF State Office with respect to the aforementioned Bylaws.

Temporary Reconfiguration of Bylaws 504.E. and H. (Season of Sport)

As per the 2020-21 sports calendar above, the CIF has made adjustments to the traditional seasons of sport. Each CIF Section will release their own calendar to reflect regular season starting and ending dates and Section playoffs. It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.

Temporary Suspension of Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition)

Due to the need to move sports to non-traditional times of the year, the CIF is temporarily suspending Bylaws 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, and 605 for all sports for the 2020-21 school year. Accordingly, students will be allowed to participate on an outside team at the same time they participate on their high school team. As per CIF Article 23, local schools, school districts, leagues, and Sections may develop a more restrictive rule than the CIF State Office with respect to the aforementioned Bylaws.

Each of the above Bylaw modifications are effective as of July 20, 2020 and remain in effect for the 2020-21 school year only.

Credit for the letter above the CIF Statement: Steve Bulette, VHS Athletics Coordinator