A closer look at CIF State’s return-to-play guidelines for California high school sports

Following three days of meetings between CIF State officials and the 10 CIF Section Commissioners, the CIF released Return to Physical Activity/Training Guidelines on Friday, June 12.

The CIF’s guidelines are similar to the recommendations released on May 19 by the NFHS. The guidelines are intended “to be a framework for schools and school districts to consider in designing return to physical activity/training standards that are in accordance with state and local county requirements.”

The return-to-play guidelines from the CIF address:

  • Pre-participation physical exams
  • Facilities cleaning
  • Entrance/exit strategies
  • Pre-workout screening
  • Hygiene practices
  • Hydration/Food recommendations
  • Travel
  • Face coverings
  • Limitations on gatherings
  • Physical activity and athletic equipment
  • Weight Rooms
  • Locker rooms and athletic weight rooms training areas
  • How to prepare athletes to return to physical activity

Here’s a look at the sports that can begin modified team practices in Phase Two, pending local county guidelines:

And here’s a look at the sports that will remain in “conditioning” mode, unless local county guidelines permit otherwise.

The CIF said a decision on the 2020 fall sports calendar — including potential season start dates — will come by July 20.

Read the CIF’s complete Return to Physical Activity/Training Guidelines here.

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