CCS Member School Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors,
I hope that this email finds you, your families, and students well. Here is the latest update from the Central Coast Section following today’s CCS Executive Committee Meeting.
2020-2021 Sports Calendars: Over the last few months, the State CIF Office has been working through the ever-changing situation with COVID-19 to create various scenarios to deliver Fall, Winter and Spring sports during the 2020-2021 school year. Attached, you will see the results of that work along with some explanations and clarifications regarding the decisions that have been made. From the beginning of this endeavor, the student-athletes have always been our focal point. We will continue to monitor the situation as best we can and make adjustments if necessary.
Two Seasons: Fall and Spring-In examining the most effective way to conduct Fall, Winter and Spring sports for the 2020-2021 school year, the decision was made to condense three seasons into two, primarily to help with the spacing between particular sports and the overlap of certain sports between seasons.
Length of Regular Seasons: In prior years, the length of the regular season for each sport could be vastly different from one sport to the next. This calendar has allowed us to standardize the length of the regular seasons to approximately 65 days. While the number of days per sport has been somewhat reduced, we have not reduced the maximum number of allowable contests.
Section Championships: The 2020-2021 sports calendars allows for a full Section Championship experience, which means the same number of champions in each sport, the same number of divisions in each sport, and the same number of guaranteed entries from leagues advancing to the playoffs in each sport as in previous years.
CIF Regional/State Championships: The CIF State Office has made the decision to streamline the CIF Regional and CIF State Championships competitions/tournaments to no longer than one week, once our CCS Championships have concluded.
CIF Bylaws 600-605 Suspended for the 2020-2021 School Year: CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti has made the decision to enact CIF Bylaw 1108.A, which state, “In emergency situations, the State CIF President or Executive Director or his/her authorized designee may act for the Federated Council in the best interests of the organization. The action will be reviewed by the Executive Committee.” Therefore, a decision has been made that CIF Bylaws 600-605 will be suspended for the 2020-2021 school year. The thought behind this decision was that it would not be a realistic expectation, with the major adjustments of our sports seasons, that we would still prohibit students from participating in contests for outside teams during the high school season of sport.
Summertime Rules Extended: Beginning on June 5, 2020, all CCS Schools moved into Summertime Rules meaning your athletic programs are under the authority of the high school principal. It has been decided that Summertime Rules will be extended from July 26, 2020-December 12, 2020. As schools open and students return, provided state and local health authorities deem it safe to do so, schools can begin their pre-season preparations as they see fit, depending on what is allowed by health authorities during that time period.
Approval Process: CIF Central Coast Section Bylaw Article II, Section 1 (A) (9) states the following, “Duties of the Executive Committee-Between meetings of the CCS Board of Managers, the Executive Committee shall be empowered to act for the Board of Managers whenever necessary, as determined by the President and of the Commissioner.” Any actions taken by the Executive Committee will be subject to review by the CCS Board of Managers at their next scheduled meeting. At the Executive Committee Meeting today, the committee took action on the following:
Approved 2020-2021 CCS Season of Sport Calendar (attached)
Extended Summer Period Guidelines through Fall Sport start date (December 12, 2020)
Suspended CCS Dead Week for 2020
Addressed eight-week optional, non-mandatory off-season skill development
Addressed Sanctioning for tournaments and events
Postponed 2020 Administrator Workshops to a date to be determined
I hope that this information is helpful. The CCS Staff is here to assist you in any manner necessary. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.
I wish you all a smooth start to your school year, in a year of great uncertainty.