Prepared for extra highschool soccer? it is not too far off as a CIF calendar set – OC Sports activities Zone, LLC
Santa Ana players take to the field ahead of their Orange Coast League showdown with Orange in April. Santa Ana won the championship. (File Photo: Fernando M. Donado, For OC Sports Zone)
It’s certainly been a high school sports season like no other, and it’s almost over, save for the regional baseball and softball playoffs.
The 2020-2021 high school sports season posed numerous challenges in the county and across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a reorganization of schedules and a shortened football season from March.
CIF South Section Commissioner Rob Wigod and his staff had to monitor the pandemic and adjust schedules accordingly.
Basketball was one of the sports that had delayed seasons. The regional playoffs in Southern California concluded last weekend, the same weekend that the CIF baseball and softball finals were played.
As of now, the schedules for the 2021-22 seasons will be similar to those before the pandemic, according to the calendar for the school year published by the CIF Southern Section on Tuesday.
In fact, the start of the next football season is only a few months away.
Training can begin on August 2nd for teams that have week zero games and on August 9th for teams that open in the first week.
Week zero games are scheduled to start on August 20th and week one games on August 27th.
The CIF playoffs are scheduled for November 5th, 12th and 19th, the final either on November 26th or 27th.
The start dates for other fall sports listed by the CIF are August 23 for girls ‘golf, August 23 for girls’ tennis, August 14 for girls ‘volleyball, August 23 for boys’ water polo and September 2 for cross-country skiing.
The start dates for winter and spring sports are also similar to those before the pandemic.
In terms of scheduling, it looks like athletes, coaches, and fans could expect a more normal athletic schedule.
—Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; [email protected]