From football to volleyball, here are section-by-section start dates for every California fall high school sport

The CIF officially pushed back the 2020-2021 California high school sports calendar on Monday, establishing a six-month window from December to June to play all sports.

As part of the plan, the traditional three-season high school sports year has been divided into two seasons for 2020-2021 – fall and spring. All winter sports have been moved to either the fall or spring seasons.

Here are the fall sports for 2020-2021, as designated by the CIF:

  • Boys and Girls Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Water Polo
  • Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • Traditional Competitive Cheer
  • Football
  • Field Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Practices for all fall sports are set to begin in December, with contests beginning in late December and early January. Six of the 10 CIF sections have already put out their calendars for the fall season. The only section that has indicated it will not follow the CIF calendar is the Northern Section.

Here’s a look at the scheduled start dates for all fall sports in California, section-by-section:

FOOTBALL

Football practice start dates will vary by section, but most sections are scheduled to start on Monday, Dec. 14. The Sac-Joaquin Section announced the earliest start date — Monday, Dec. 7.

The first football games could begin as early as Wednesday, Jan. 6 (North Coast Section), with most sections setting the first contest date as Friday, Jan. 8.

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: practice starts Dec. 14; games start Jan. 8
  • LA City Section: practice starts Dec. 14; games start Jan. 8
  • Central Section: practice starts Dec. 14; games start Jan. 7
  • Sac-Joaquin Section: practice starts Dec. 7; games start Jan. 8
  • North Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; games start Jan. 6
  • Central Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; games start Jan. 8
  • 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

BOYS AND GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Most sections are scheduled to begin boys and girls volleyball practices on Monday, Dec. 14.

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: boys volleyball contests begin Dec. 12; girls contests begin Dec. 19.
  • 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

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Most sections are scheduled to begin boys and girls cross country practices on Monday, Dec. 14.

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: cross country meets begin Dec. 26
  • LA City Section: practice starts Dec. 14; meets start Dec. 26
  • Central Section: practice starts Dec. 14; meets start Dec. 28
  • Sac-Joaquin Section: practice starts Dec. 14; meets start Dec. 28
  • North Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; start date for contests has not been announced
  • Central Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; meets 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

BOYS AND GIRLS WATER POLO

Most sections are scheduled to begin boys and girls water polo practices on Monday, Dec. 14.

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: boys water polo contests begin Dec. 21; girls water polo contests begin Dec. 28
  • 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. 28
  • 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

FIELD HOCKEY

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: contests begin Dec. 18
  • LA City Section: not a CIFLACS sport
  • Central Section: not a CIFCS sport
  • Sac-Joaquin Section: not a CIFSJS sport
  • 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

GYMNASTICS

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: contests begin Jan. 4
  • LA City Section: not a CIFLACS sport
  • Central Section: not a CIFCS sport
  • Sac-Joaquin Section: not a CIFSJS sport
  • North Coast Section: practice starts Dec. 14; start date for contests has not been announced
  • Central Coast Section: will be played in Spring; start date TBD
  • 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

TRADITIONAL COMPETITIVE CHEER

Here’s a section-by-section look:

  • Southern Section: no date set yet for first contest
  • LA City Section: practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 26
  • Central Section: NA
  • Sac-Joaquin Section: NA
  • North Coast Section: practice and contest start dates will be determined by schools
  • Central Coast Section: will be played in Spring; start date TBD
  • 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

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