CIF delays final decision on fate of spring sports
CIF decides to delay announcement, will meet again on April 3 to decide next step
Section commissioners meet with CIF, decide to wait until April 3 to decide if seasons will continue.
With the spread of COVID-19 affecting thousands of people each day, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) decided to do the same thing most everyone else is doing right now — sit back and wait.
Vallejo, Jesse Bethel, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Benicia, American Canyon high schools all belong to the North Coast Section.
On Tuesday the 10 section commissioners met with the CIF in Sacramento and instead of making a decision on how to handle the rest of the high school sports spring season, the decision was delayed as it will wait two more weeks, until April 3, until moving forward.
In a press release sent Tuesday afternoon Ron Nocetti, CIF Executive Director, wrote the following:
“While the time may come when we have to cancel post-season events, today is not that day. In anticipation of further guidance and directives issued by federal, state and local government agencies regarding COVID-19, the CIF has not determined the future of spring sports events at this time and intends to reconvene with the 10 Section Commissioners on April 3 to revisit this issue.
“Pending that time, Sections will continue to confer with their local leadership and the State CIF will continue to monitor any directives and recommendations issued from the above entities,” Nocetti continued. “The CIF will continue to work with our schools and school districts with the
health and well-being of student-athletes and school communities as our priority. Additionally, the originally scheduled April 3, 2020, CIF Federated Council Meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled no earlier than May 8, 2020 and will be held via teleconference.”
Josh Ramos, the Vallejo High athletic director and head baseball coach, was still in hope that some games could be played in the spring when he talked to the Times-Herald on Tuesday morning.
“Hopefully we can have some sort of regular season in April or May and let the seniors have some games,” Ramos said. “Maybe just a league tournament.”
St. Patrick-St. Vincent High softball coach Rich Gigliotti was happy with the announcement.
“I don’t know if I was surprised, but definitely happy they waited,” the Bruins coach said. “With the NCS (North Coast Section) and the Tri-County
Athletic League, we go until the end of May usually, so it would be really nice to wait and see if we can get a handle on this virus and then go from there. I’m happy we’re waiting.”
Like Ramos, Gigliotti thinks the season is too compressed to have makeup dates, but would like to see some games played this year, if anything, for the seniors.
“Even if we don’t get in another league game, it would be nice to have a league tournament for the seniors,” Gigliotti said. “We don’t have too many of them, but they’ve all gone to school here for four years. You know the coaches will be here after this is over, but the seniors, they’re all going to college after this. So it would be nice to have some games to celebrate their careers.”
St. Pat’s head girls and boys volleyball coach Danette Domecus was also happy to see a delay but not a cancellation.
“I was surprised, but it’s a good thing,” Domecus said. “Whatever they decide, I’m just glad they are not closing it all up. The Governor
says this is supposed to last until May or possibly even August, so it’s just super sad for the seniors.”
Domecus said her boys team consists of four seniors, two of which have played on the team for four years. Although school is not in session on campus at St. Pat’s until at least March 27, the students are taking classes from home.
“I told the players the focus should be on the studies and staying safe, but also try to get some conditioning in if you can,” Domecus said. “They’re just all itching to play again. One of them asked if they could all get together to practice and I said (while laughing), ‘No!! That’s the whole point of us keeping distance right now!”
In other news, the CIF announced that its office will be closed from March 18 until March 27 and that all staff will be working from home remotely, but that they can be reached by email.
For more information visit https://www.cifstate. org.
The Benicia High baseball team celebrates in May 2019 after winning a North Coast Section title with a victory over Maria Carrillo.