The Southern CIF “is fully committed to doing everything we can to progress with the fall sports championship,” commissioner Rob Wigod said in a letter to the section chief and athletics director on Wednesday.
Five days after that spring sports championship is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Wigod said CIF staff members were already working on a potential scenario to start autumn sports.
“There will be more flexibility for us in the fall that we don’t have in the spring, because we can adjust the calendar for a longer period of time and there will be many different options that can be explored,” Wigod said.
High school autumn sports include soccer, boys’ water polo, girl volleyball, cross country, girl tennis, and golf girls.
Wigod also said that the summer athletic program was at the discretion of the middle school principal and not the Southern Section, which would make it possible to hold at least one athletic match to honor senior athlete-students.
The local soccer coach hopes that their team will return to the gridiron this fall. Corona del Mar coach Dan O ‘Shea will enter his sixth season as head coach. Last year, he led the Sea Kings to a perfect 16-0 record CIF Southern Division 3 and CIF Country Division 1-A championship.
O’Shea said that managing a health crisis and focusing on the family clearly took precedence over football at the moment, but he was “very optimistic” that fall could move forward on schedule.
“I think that the earliest thing that will happen is July 1,” O’Ahea said. “That might be a little optimistic, I don’t know. Hopefully on August 1st. If we are given the green light on August 1, I think most football teams can be ready to go according to schedule. I mean, it won’t be like or feel like what we had in the past. Most expected summer camp in July until we heard the opposite, but we were realistic. Many things can change quickly, but we will remain optimistic. “
Across the bay, Peter Lofthouse hopes to lead Newport Harbor for the third year in a row. Sailors come from Division 9 semifinal appearance last year.
Lofthouse expressed optimism in Wigod’s comments.
“The hope of every coach, not just myself, is that maybe sometime in the summer we can return to the field if we are lucky,” Lofthouse said. “We can do sort of seven against seven, or even if we don’t train with other schools, at least get some of the spring balls we will get in May. That will be hope. But we only accept our orders and follow the guidelines set for us from our administrators and districts. Obviously, it came from the country too. “
In terms of what seafarers are doing in the meantime, like many educators now using Zoom for distance learning, the football program has also switched to that application.
“We really made a position meeting, where the players will go to the Zoom meeting with their position coach,” Lofthouse said. “Because we can’t get physical representation in the field, we try to do a lot of mental reps.”
Ocean View football coach Luis Nuñez will enter his ninth year in charge. He had a great time recently on his Twitter page, posting the Seahawks throughout the decade 2010-2019.
Nuñez said laughingly that some alumni have complained about their place in the team for decades. On more serious matters, he said he was getting text messages from several players at the moment expressing concern about whether the season would move forward.
“We are trying to keep our children optimistic,” Nuñez said. “If there is no optimism, many of them might not have a reason to do any exercise. We will only do our best to stay connected with them. Obviously, our spring soccer calendar is gone, so we’re actually working on another spring calendar which we hope will be sent to the children here soon. Then they will know when they have to register for a meeting. For many of our children, this is a difficult time. “
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