CIF Southern Section announces return of playoffs this spring for team sports – Press Telegram

CIF Southern Section announces return of playoffs this spring for team sports – Press Telegram

“That’s great,” Los Alamitos High softball coach Rob Weil said. “Honestly, it’s about time. These kids need to be on the field, interacting, doing what they do for some of type of mental health (benefit).” CIF Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod stated his section is seeking to hold individual championships in track and field, swimming, golf and tennis but will not hold individual championships in wrestling because of health restrictions.

CIF Southern Section announces return of playoffs this spring for team sports – Press Telegram The playoffs are scheduled to return in May after the pandemic forced the cancellation of the state basketball and spring championships last spring and the Season 1 playoffs earlier this school year.

The Season 2 sports that missed out on the playoffs last spring were baseball, softball, track and field, swimming and diving, boys volleyball, lacrosse, boys tennis and boys golf. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also made a key adjustment last week to its guidelines for youth sports, allowing teams to travel throughout the state for “inter-team competitions” or games between two teams.

Monday’s announcement arrived following improved health conditions throughout the state the last several weeks. The number of coronavirus cases has dramatically declined while the distribution of the vaccine has widely increased. “We’re going to hand (championship) plaques out again,” Wigod said during a press conference. “We’re going to see those smiles. We’re going to see those dogpiles. We’re going to see everyone jumping up and down and celebrating. All the things we’ve missed.”

Teams were previously limited to compete within their county or in a bordering county. “It’s just exciting for the kids, especially after all they’ve lost,” Orange Lutheran baseball coach Eric Borba said. “This is what you want, to compete and find a true champion.”

The Southern Section stated that it is working on “securing approval from various county health departments” to hold postseason championships in track and field, swimming and diving, golf and tennis. The adjustment was critical because the Southern Section includes approximately 560 schools from eight different counties, including Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. The section will proceed by hosting team playoffs at home sites, using the same qualifying criteria and divisions as in the past.

“We’ve already been in contact with various sites that we’re trying to line up … (and are) already working with some county health departments,” said Wigod, who mentioned that swimming and diving would not be held at its regular site of Riverside City College. The adjustment was critical because the Southern Section includes approximately 560 schools from eight different counties, including Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. The section will proceed by hosting team playoffs at home sites, using the same qualifying criteria and divisions as in the past.

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