CIF Updates

Overview update

CIF Proposed Plan for the Return of Educational-Based Athletics

Everyone in California wants students to be able to return to in-person learning, sports, and all other co-curricular activities that are so important for their physical and mental well- being. As COVID-19 transmission rates are rising significantly in California, communities across the state must continue to take measures to limit the spread of the virus. Therefore, we implore ALL Californians to wear a mask, practice social distancing, limit mixing between households, and practice all basic hygiene. This is the way to ensure the best chance for CIF competition to commence by January 25, as allowed by the guidance from the California Department of Public Health. State agencies will continue to monitor

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Education-BasEd athlEtics covid-19 Modifications

  • Information is current as of December 22, 2020

  • CDPH Youth Sports Guidelines

  • CIF Guidelines will be adjusted weekly

  • In the event of a positive test for COVID-19, schools will follow the current CDPH

    Guidelines for Schools

  • Any student-athlete testing positive for COVID-19 may not return to practice or competition until cleared by their physician

  • Schools must still follow all guidelines from their local county and the governing board of their school district or private/parochial school

    December 22, 2020 County Tier Status

   

CIF Season 1 Sports (January - April):


CIF Season 2 Sports (March - June):

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Competitive Sport Cheer, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Boys Volleyball, Wrestling

*Please refer to respective CIF Sections for verification of seasons of sport

Sports allowed in this tier: Cross Country, Golf, Skiing/ Snowboarding, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, and Track & Field.

Sports allowed in this tier: Baseball, Field Hockey, Girls Lacrosse, and Softball.

Sports allowed in this tier: Badminton, Football, Gymnastics, Boys Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, and Water Polo.

Sports allowed in this tier: Basketball, Competitive Cheerleading, and Wrestling.

        

Physical conditioning, practice, skill building, and training that can be conducted outdoors, with 6-feet of physical distancing, and within stable team cohorts are currently authorized for all sports regardless of county tier status. Such activities may
be conducted indoors consistent with the Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity. In counties under the Regional Stay at Home Order, only activities consistent with the sentence above are permitted, regardless of the county’s tier status.

Competition between two teams will not be allowed in California until January 25, 2021, at the earliest. Once return to competition is allowed every participating school’s county must also be in the authorized tier status for the respective sport in order to compete.

epidemiological trends.

  • Physical conditioning, practice, skill-building, and training can be conducted outdoors and within stable team cohorts remain authorized regardless of county tier status. Such activities may be conducted indoors consistent with the Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity.

  • Competitions, meets, races, or similar events are authorized only if (a) both teams are located in the same county and the sport is authorized, or (b)

  • The county-based authorizations outlined in this document apply to the

    locations/counties in which the teams, schools, and leagues are functionally based.

    (e.g. where the players reside, where facilities are located, etc.).

  • Any tournaments or events that involve more than two teams are not currently

    permitted in California. Exceptions may be made, with authorization from the local health department, for the following sports where individual competitors from multiple teams are routine: track and field; cross-country; golf; skiing and snowboarding; tennis; and swimming/diving.

    Schools must still follow all guidelines from their local county and the governing board of their school district or private/parochial school.

    This document is not intended as medical or legal advice. Schools and school districts should refer to their local governing bodies and their own legal counsel for assistance.

Cheer Guidelines

2020-21 Competitive Cheer Guidelines & Covid-19 modifiCations

Foundational Statement

The following guidelines and modifications were created to allow for the safe participation of student-ath- letes during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The following guidelines follow best practices and recommenda- tions from the CIF, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and will continue to remain within the scope of all state public health orders.

General Guidelines

  • Masks shall be worn at all times by all individuals in attendance other than when engaged in

  • competition.

  • Social distancing measures shall be in place at all times other than when engaged in competition.

    Event Modifications

• Participants should be appropriately spaced on the court, field or sideline to ensure proper social distancing.

Pre-Post Meet Ceremony

Replace handshakes before and after the match with a social distance acknowledgment of the team’s choosing.

Water Bottles & Hydration Stations

  • Team members shall not share water bottles.

  • Hydration stations may be utilized but shall be touched only by a single appointed monitor.

Football Guidelines

2020-21 Football Guidelines & Covid-19 Modifications.

The following guidelines and modifications were created to allow for the safe participation of student-ath- letes during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The following guidelines follow best practices and recommenda- tions from the CIF, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and will continue to remain within the scope of all state public health orders.

General Guidelines

• Masks shall be worn at all times by all individuals in attendance other than when engaged in competition.

• Social distancing measures shall be in place at all times other than when engaged in competition.

Event Limitations

  • 10 games permitted during the season.

  • Equipment & Accessories

  • Permissible face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all attendees present.

  • Gloves are permissible.

  • Players shall utilize their own equipment bin for all personal gear on the sideline.

  • Uniform

  • Long sleeves are encouraged to reduce skin contact with the ball.

  • Long pants and undergarments are permissible.

  • Water Bottles & Hydration Stations

  • Team members shall not share water bottles.

  • Hydration stations may be utilized but shall be touched only by a single appointed monitor.

  • Officials’ Uniform & Equipment

  • By local association adoption, long-sleeved shirts are encouraged.

  • Do not share uniforms, towels and other apparel and equipment

  • Permissible face coverings are required.

  • Gloves are permissible.

  • Adhere to local county guidelines.

    Pre-Game Conference

  • Limit attendees to one captain from each team, Head referee and Umpire.

  • Coin toss should take place in the center of the field with designated individuals maintaining social

distancing of 6-feet.

  • No handshakes prior to and following the coin toss.

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet while performing all pregame responsibilities with all officiating

crew members, game administration staff, line-to-gain crew, clock operators, individuals handling the balls during the game and team personnel.

Team Benches

• The team box may be extended on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines (for players only) in order for more social-distancing space for the teams.

• Maintain social distancing of 6-feet at all times while in the team box.

Pre/Post-Game Ceremony

Replace handshakes after the game with a social distance acknowledgment of the team’s choosing.

Football Sanitation

Games shall utilize a three-ball rotation, ensuring that anytime a ball goes out of play it shall be sanitized thoroughly with a bleach wipe before returning to the rotation.

Baseball Guidelines

Foundational Statement

2020-21 BaseBall Guidelines & Covid-19 Modifications

The following guidelines and modifications were created to allow for the safe participation of student-ath- letes during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The following guidelines follow best practices and recommenda- tions from the CIF, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and will continue to remain within the scope of all state public health orders.

General Guidelines

• Masks shall be worn at all times by all individuals in attendance other than when engaged in competition.

• Social distancing measures shall be in place at all times other than when engaged in competition.

Event Limitations

• Adhere to local county guidelines.

Pre-Game Conference

  • Limit attendees to Head Coach of both teams and game umpires.

  • Participants must maintain social distancing protocols during the conference.

  • No line-up card exchange.

  • No handshakes.

    Team Dugouts

  • Coaches, game personnel and players only permitted in the dugout.

  • Social distance requirements must be observed by all in the dugout.

  • If the dugout area is not large enough to provide for social distance requirements, players and game

personnel may move outside of the immediate dugout area to practice social distance requirements. • Spectators shall not be permitted near the dugouts and/or the immediate area of the dugout.

Post-Game Procedures

Replace handshakes after the game with a social distance acknowledgment of the team’s choosing.

Official Scorekeeping Area

Limited to one (1) person from each team and must observe social distance requirements behind the backstop.

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California Interscholastic Federation

2020-21 BaseBall Guidelines & Covid-19 ModifiCations

Equipment Sanitation

  • Each team provides sanitized balls (bucket) while on defense.

  • Have a “dirty” ball bucket available, so they can be sanitized after the game.

  • Sanitize bases after each game.

    Equipment & Accessories

• Permissible face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all attendees present other than when engaged in competition.

  • Players shall utilize their own equipment bin for all personal gear in the dugout.

  • Minimize the sharing of playing equipment (bats, batting helmets and catchers gear). Equipment

must be sanitized between usage of multiple players.

  • Batting gloves are encouraged to minimize contact with bats, balls and bases.

  • Sanitize all equipment and accessories after each game.

Uniforms

Long sleeves are encouraged to reduce skin contact with the ball and bases.

Water Bottles & Hydration Stations

  • Team members shall not share water bottles.

  • Hydration stations may be utilized but shall be touched only by a single appointed monitor.

    Umpires

  • No line-up card exchanges.

  • Observe social distance requirements when communicating with coaches, players and other

umpires.

  • Face coverings are required at all times.

  • Carry hand sanitizer and use frequently.

Game Personnel Considerations (coaches, players, umpires)

  • No sunflower seeds, spitting or gum.

  • Carry hand sanitizer and use frequently.

  • If a pitcher puts his/her hands to their mouth and touches the ball, “TIME” is called, the pitcher must

sanitize their hands and a new ball is inserted before throwing the next pitch.

Regional Championships

  • All games played at host school sites.

  • Championships shall be single elimination.

  • No pre-game player introduction assemblies on the foul lines.

  • Awards ceremonies will be limited to ensure safe social distancing and to minimize mass gatherings.

Basketball

2020-21 BasketBall Guidelines & Covid-19 ModifiCations

The following guidelines and modifications were created to allow for the safe participation of student-ath- letes during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The following guidelines follow best practices and recommenda- tions from the CIF, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and will continue to remain within the scope of all state public health orders.

General Guidelines

• Masks shall be worn at all times by all individuals in attendance other than when engaged in competition.

• Social distancing measures shall be in place at all times other than when engaged in competition.

Event Limitations

  • 28 games permitted during the season.

  • Adhere to local county guidelines.

    Pre-Game Conference

• Limit attendees to the referee and the head coach from each team with each coach standing on the center circle on each side of the division line.

  • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6-feet or greater at the center circle.

  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.

Team Benches

  • Limit the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6-feet or greater.

  • Place team benches opposite the spectator seating whenever possible.

  • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of

6-feet or greater.
• Personnel not in the game should adhere to any required local/state face covering requirements.

Substitution Procedures

Maintain social distancing of 6-feet between the second referee and the player and limit contact be- tween players when substituting.

Officials’ Table

  • The host should sanitize the table before the game and at half-time.

  • Place officials table sufficiently away from the sideline to allow for additional space for substitutes.

  • Limit to essential personnel which includes home team scorer and shot clock timer with a distance

of 6-feet between individuals.
• Visiting team personnel (scorer, statisticians, etc.) are not deemed essential personnel and will need

to find an alternative location.
• Table personnel should adhere to any required local/state face covering requirements.

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California Interscholastic Federation

2020-21 BasketBall Guidelines & Covid-19 ModifiCations

Pre/Post-Game Ceremony

Replace handshakes before and after the match with a social distance acknowledgment of the team’s choosing.

Basketball Sanitation

Ball given to officials in the locker room, where it is sanitized as recommended by the ball manufacturer and not used for warm-ups. Game ball should be cleaned at the end of each quarter.

Equipment & Accessories

  • Permissible face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all attendees present.

  • Gloves are permissible.

  • Players shall utilize their own equipment bin for all personal gear on the sideline.

    Water Bottles & Hydration Stations

  • Team members shall not share water bottles.

  • Hydration stations may be utilized but shall be touched only by a single appointed monitor.

    Officials’ Uniform & Equipment

  • By state association adoption, long-sleeved shirts are permissible. (5-1-3)

  • Officials should not be required to wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.

  • Electronic whistles are permissible (supplies are limited).

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  • Permissible face coverings are permissible.

  • Gloves are permissible.

State Championships

  • Qualifying teams reduced to eight (8) per division.

  • All games played at host school sites.

  • Championship shall be single elimination.

  • Awards ceremonies will be limited to ensure safe social distancing and to minimize mass gatherings.

 
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