Slowing down Sports

Due to Covid-19, CIF pushed all fall sports back which means there will only be two seasons. As of right now the first practice of the winter season will begin on Dec. 12. 

Sports being pushed back may not be such a bad thing for many athletes and students, but issues some athletes may face is if they are a multi sport athlete they may have to choose only one sport to play for this year. ¨I was going to try out for volleyball, so I definitely would rather have the seasons be earlier because I don’t want it to be at the same time as softball,¨ freshman Kayla Menges said. 

All fall sports are being split between the winter and spring seasons. The winter sports, starting on Dec. 12, will be: badminton, competitive cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, gymnastics, boys´ and girls´ volleyball, boys´ and girls´ water polo. The spring sports, starting anywhere from Feb. 8 to March 13, will now be: baseball, boys´ and girls´ basketball, competitive sport cheer, boys´ and girls´ golf, boys’ and girls´ lacrosse, boys´ and girls´ soccer, softball, swimming and diving, boys´ and girls´ tennis, track and field, boys´ and girls wrestling. 

¨I am happy that we are planning on having full seasons of sports. I know our athletes are anxiously waiting to return, but we must ensure that we can compete safely,¨ Athletic Director Damian Gonzalez said. 

Some of the beginning year excitement that many players look forward to has been taken away because of COVID-19. ¨I´m not a big fan of them being pushed back because I play field hockey. The beginning of the school year is always when I get excited for the season, but now I am not even sure if I am going to be able to play,¨ senior Katie Detamore said. 

There are going to be many changes to go along with only having two seasons such as not having enough practice space. ¨It is not just a challenge for the athletes, but a challenge for the coaches to find fields. We don’t know if some or all sports are going to be able to play, we are just waiting for what the state says,¨ San Diego section commissioner Joe Heinz said. 

Much remains uncertain for what is going to happen starting Dec. 12, but there is a plan to get back on the field as soon as possible as long as it is safe.