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CIF: Spring sports not dead yet

High school athletes hoping this year would be their time to shine in playoffs or state meets may still get a chance as the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) decided Tuesday to postpone deciding whether or not to cancel spring sports events for later in the season.

The CIF State Office and the 10 Section Commissioners held their annual scheduled spring meeting on Tuesday, with the fate of spring sports the main item on the agenda.

Due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus, on March 12 the CIF canceled remaining state basketball championship games. This was followed by school districts across the state cancelling sporting events after state and federal government officials directed the postponement of events with large number of attendees.

In Turlock, team practices will end this week with the closing of schools through April 19.

“While the time may come when we have to cancel post-season events, today is not that day,” said CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti in a released statement. “In anticipation of further guidance and directives issued by federal, state and local government agencies regarding COVID-19, the CIF has not determined the future of spring sports events at this time and intends to reconvene with the 10 Section Commissioners on April 3 to revisit this issue…The CIF will continue to work with our schools and school districts with the health and well-being of student-athletes and school communities as our priority.”