California high school boys and girls volleyball seasons scheduled to start in December, end in March

The CIF officially pushed back the 2020-2021 California high school sports calendar on Monday, moving the start of the fall sports season to December.

Since then, seven of the 10 CIF Sections have made announcements about their athletics schedules for the upcoming school year, with six posting updated calendars.

The boys and girls volleyball seasons, which traditionally start in August in most sections, have been pushed back to December.

The L.A. City Section, Central Section, North Coast Section, Sac-Joaquin Section and Central Coast Section are all scheduled to begin boys and girls volleyball practices on December 14.

The Southern Section has not announced their practice start date, but boys volleyball contests can begin on Dec. 12 and girls volleyball contests can begin on Dec. 19.

The one outlier is the Northern Section. The CIFNS announced that they will potentially begin fall sports as soon as county health department officials allow it. That means girls volleyball could start within the next few months, and potentially be excluded from the CIF State playoffs. CIFNS boys volleyball will likely take place early in the spring semester as usual.

Here are the boys and girls volleyball season start dates for each section:

  • Southern Section: boys volleyball contests begin Dec. 12; girls contests begin Dec. 19; practice start date has not been announced
  • LA City Section: practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 26
  • Central Section: practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 28
  • Sac-Joaquin Section: practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 29
  • North Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; start date for contests has not been announced
  • Central Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 28
  • San Diego Section: will make announcement in coming weeks
  • San Francisco Section: no announcement yet
  • Oakland Section: no announcement yet
  • Northern Section: could start playing in the fall if cleared by local health officials

How many matches will teams play?

It will vary by section, but early indications are most teams will attempt to play a full regular season. The Southern Section is standardizing the length of every sports season to 72 days. Since girls volleyball season was previously 57 days, it will be left alone, and teams should be able to play a full regular season.

Will Section Championships be played?

The CIF calendar allows for full Section Championships to take place. Boys and girls volleyball sectional playoffs must be finished by March 13.

Will Regional and State Championships be played?

Teams from sections who play within the CIF’s time frame will also be eligible to compete for CIF State or Regional championships, which are scheduled to wrap up on March 20 (one week after the Section Championships).

SBLive will keep this post updated on any future updates to California’s high school boys and girls volleyball seasons, including announcements from sections who have yet to release their calendar.

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