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Fall high school sports in California are delayed until winter

July 20, 2020
The California Interscholastic Federation alters its calendar after it became clear that most school buildings in the state would not open as scheduled.

High school football, volleyball, gymnastics and other fall sports in California will not start until winter under a revised calendar issued by the California Interscholastic Federation.

KNBC-TV reports that the governing body for prep sports in California announced the delay after it became increasingly likely that most schools in the state will begin the school year with online instruction instead of on-campus learning because of the coronavirus.

The federation calendar outlines dates for the last day of section playoffs and the last day of regional and state championships. Most of those dates for fall sports are in March and April, meaning most fall sports will start in December and January.

High schools had been scheduled to begin football practice in early August.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has laid out revised rules that all but ensured most of the state’s K-12 schools will not reopen classrooms in the fall.

Newsom says all schools in counties that are on a state monitoring list for rising coronavirus infections cannot hold in-person classes and will have to meet strict criteria for reopening.

Thirty-two of California's 58 counties are on the list, encompassing the vast majority of the state's population and its biggest cities—Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

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