Here are the latest developments on how the coronavirus is affecting high school sports in California.
LAUSD SUSPENDS ATHLETICS INDEFINITELY
CIF CANCELS THE REMAINDER OF THE 2020 CIF STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The California Interscholastic Federation (“CIF”) has canceled all remaining CIF State Basketball Championship games, the governing body announced on Thursday. The released a statement which can be found below.
“Effective Immediately – The California Interscholastic Federation (“CIF”) has canceled all remaining CIF State Basketball Championship games. This includes regional finals scheduled for March 12, 2020, and the CIF State finals scheduled for March 13-14, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. This decision was made after careful deliberation and in the primary interest of protecting the health and safety of our member schools, fans, and most importantly, our student-athletes. While we understand this decision is disappointing, we strongly believe that the opportunity to compete in this event does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of our member schools and school communities above all else.
We want to recognize the hard work and commitment our student-athletes have made to reach the State Basketball Championships. The impact of COVID-19 created many unexpected challenges during this year’s tournament season, and we want to thank everyone involved for their flexibility, patience, and commitment in providing our student-athletes a great experience despite this unique situation.
For those that have already purchased tickets for the March 13-14, 2020 games at Golden 1 Center, refunds will be made available at the original point of purchase. If tickets were purchased online via ticketmaster.com, refunds will be processed automatically.”
SOUTHERN SECTION WILL DEFER TO SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS ON NEXT STEPS
The CIF Southern Section will let schools and districts decide how they want to handle athletics. Schools and districts will make their own choices on whether to have athletic contests at all, allow fans at contests, or suspend athletics.
LAUSD SAYS NO MORE SPECTATORS AT ATHLETIC EVENTS
Los Angeles Unified School District has told its high school principals and athletic directors to not allow spectators at athletic events. That includes parents.
HARVARD-WESTLAKE MOVES CLASSES ONLINE, SUSPENDS ATHLETICS
In a message sent to the school community on Wednesday, Harvard-Westlake administrators announced that it would cancel classes on Thursday and Friday and begin online classes on Monday through Friday, March 27. Athletic competition will also be halted until further notice.
SIERRA CANYON MOVES CLASSES TO ONLINE, ATHLETICS TO CONTINUE
Sierra Canyon’s campus is closed for the rest of this week and next week, but athletics will continue. The plan for right now is to resume school on campus following the Sierra Canyon spring break which goes from March 30 to April 12, per Tarek Fattal of the Daily News.
Las Virgenes Unified School District cancels athletic events through March 20th
- This affects Calabasas and Agoura High Schools
The Pacific League cancels all games and practices from March 13 through April 13
- Burroughs, Burbank, Pasadena, Crescenta Valley, Muir, Burbank, Arcadia, and Hoover make up the league
Mission League cancels all league athletic contents effective immediately through Saturday, March 28.
LA Windward suspends all athletic events, contests, & gatherings
La Canada Unified School District bans spectators at athletic events
The Covina-Valley USD will still allow athletic contests, but will only allow family to attend
Anaheim Union High School District has cancelled all athletic events through April
Santa Ana Unified School District (Century, Godinez, Saddleback, Segerstrom, Santa Ana) ban spectators at events
- SAUSD schools are banned from going to tournaments and invitationals, per Steve Fryer of the OC Register
Placentia-Yorba Unified suspends sports contests
Saddleback Valley Unified School District suspends sports and other activities until further notice
Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Huntington Beach Union High School District postpone athletic contests indefinitely
Garden Grove Unified School District won’t play athletic contests until at least the end of the month
Orange Unified School District high schools (Canyon, El Modena, Orange, Villa Park) will have sports event with no spectators through at least April 6
Laguna Beach USD cancels athletic events until further notice
Irvine Unified School District will have sports event with no spectators
Corona-Norco USD cancels athletic events through the end of March
Val Verde Unified School District cancels all athletic events through the end of March
Morongo Unified School District postpones all athletic events through the end of the month
Murrieta Valley USD postpones athletic events through the end of the month
La Salle High suspends all athletic events through April 13th
Pasadena Poly suspends athletics indefinitely
Serra Gardena suspends sports indefinitely
Clovis Unified School District sports postponed through April 13
Napa Valley Unified School District cancels all interscholastic sports until April 1
Temple City Unified School District suspends athletics until April 19