Brahmas News · CIF Update on High School Athletics

January 5, 2021

CA Department of Public Health

CIF-Southern Section

The California Department of Public Health on December 14th, 2020 issued guidelines for youth sports (pdf). Based on the information contained in the guidelines, California aims to reassess the return-to-competition by January 4th,  with January 25th, as the earliest possible start date for inter-team competition. In addition to these key dates, the guidelines also cover a range of topics to assist in future planning, including Sports Risk Profiles that classify different sports by their level of contact and transmission risk, and a new four-tiered system to identify sports by the level of contact and risk.

At this time, California Department of Public Health has not released any new updates and CIF is inquiring with Public Health on any changes to the guidelines provided to us on December 14. According to that guideline, contests (games/competition) can start beginning on January 25th, only for those sports that is the same colored tiered as the designated county’s covid Tier Status. Looking at the below status of LA County, the only Fall Sports that will be able to participate in inter-team competition is cross country.

As of now, Diamond Bar High School will continue to have our Phase 1 Return to Play practices using cohorts and following LA Country Guidelines as we did our fall semester.

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On December 2nd, CIF State and CIF-SS (Southern Section) released an update to  its upcoming Athletic season. This can be found HERE.

A quick summary is:

“that CIF State does not expect the CDPH (CA Dept of Public Health) will issue any guidance allowing for schools to return to full practice and competition until after January 1, 2021, at the earliest. Thus, all full practice and competition start dates are officially on hold until updated guidance is issued.” (CIF State)

Only two games (volleyball) had been scheduled in December for our Fall Sport Teams and will be cancelled if no guidance from CDPH is provided that permits full practices and contests.

LA County Safer at Home guidelines does not impact our High School Athletics cohorts that are already in place. Our Athletic Department is currently following strict guidelines set forth by LA County Dept of Public Health (HERE). And we thank you for your continued support in ensuring the safety of our kids.

Thank you,

Athletic Department