Officials from CIF, the governing body of high school sports, are pushing the start of the high school sports season in December due to coronavirus.
High school coaches from all over Southern California are breathing a sigh of relief because there is hope.
“Well, I think we’ve all seen it coming,” said Long Beach head coach Wilson Mark Ziegenhagen.
Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei coach, added: “I’m glad someone made a decision.”
But the questions remain.
“If we start and just say that someone is exposed to it, what will they do?” Ziegenhagen said. “Quarantine the soccer team for two weeks and then, do we have to give up two games for two weeks?”
If the Los Angeles County public health departments approve the season, the practices will begin on December 14 and games on January 8.
“There are many things that need to be resolved,” said the director of football of the city section of Fairfax and the coordinator of football of the city section CIF LA Shane Cox.
While CIF officials manage to work out the details of a safe return to the game, coaches like Rancho Verde’s Pete Duffy will try to adapt to this new virtual normality for high school football.
“Now that we’ve set a date, we’re going to step up Zoom’s meetings,” he said. “Basically place meetings and communication with coaches and players.”
The three trainers are looking to remain optimistic while coronavirus cases are on the rise in Southern California. Rollinson calls 2020 the year of the asterisks and is optimistic that the delayed football season will happen.
“I probably have to prepare for my sixth calendar, but we’ll be playing football,” he said.
Ziegenhagen is preparing for both results.
“I am a parent of my children and 100 other children in the [football] schedule, “he said.”[We’re] inform the children and do everything possible to keep some light in the tunnel “.