CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod: Recent news, data for COVID-19 raises concern about return of HS sports

It’s not the news CIF Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod wishes to listen to now.

The price of positive coronavirus tests has actually enhanced in California in current weeks. Cal and Utah needed to terminate university football video games recently due to the fact that COVID-19 struck their programs, and also Stanford played its season opener without its starting quarterback due to coronavirus-related procedures.

High college football games in Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas, states where they are currently able to play, have been terminated or delayed since COVID-19 turned up amongst teams.

“It’s certainly been tough, specifically these last couple of weeks,” Wigod claimed Monday, Nov. 9, of attempting to remain optimistic as the CIF and Southern Area relocate closer to the set up start of the secondary school sports year.

Throughout Monday’s interview, Wigod commented on a Los Angeles Times tale about a West Covina baseball traveling round group that had a reported 10 coronavirus situations after returning from an event in Arizona.

In July, the CIF State workplace introduced that the senior high school sporting activities year that generally begins in August would not start up until December. The very first secondary school football games in the CIF’s Southern Section that includes Orange Area and also much of Southern The golden state will be Jan. 7-9.

Other sporting activities will begin earlier. Boys volleyball will certainly begin on Dec. 12, ladies volleyball on Dec. 19 as well as kids and also girls water polo on Dec. 21 and also 28, respectively. Young boys and also women go across nation will certainly start Dec. 26.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday revealed that the state’s most current figures reveal that the rate of favorable COVID-19 tests are at 3.7 percent. Newsom kept in mind that the positivity price on Oct. 19 was 2.5 percent.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, California Secretary of Health and also Person Services Dr. Mark Ghaly will announce which counties come under which rates, the color-coded system that puts them right into either the purple tier, which indicates COVID-19 is “extensive,” the red rate (“considerable spread”), the orange rate (“moderate spread”) or yellow tier (“minimal spread”).

“I anticipate you’ll hear from Dr. Ghaly,” Newsom stated, “that we will see a lot more limiting tiering based upon situation prices that have started to raise.”

For Wigod and others in senior high school sporting activities, the coronavirus vaccine that on Monday seemed closer to fact can not come soon sufficient.

Wigod understands that trainers as well as athletic directors statewide are waiting to learn through Newsom, Dr. Ghaly and the California Division of Public Wellness regarding details guidelines for sporting activities to go back to secondary schools. With the beginning of some contests just five weeks away, colleges are still waiting to get a timeline to adhere to for how they can securely expand their method activities, and afterwards what they need to do for video games or various other competition events.

CIF State Exec Director Ron Nocetti additionally is awaiting instructions from state federal government management.

“We’re all awaiting pending guidance from the guv’s office and also the California Department of Public Health,” Nocetti stated Monday.

Wigod claimed the CIF State workplace’s sporting activities medication advisory board has actually reached out to the CPDH more than when to ask for specific guidelines as well as procedures.

“It’s been so frustrating in one respect,” Wigod claimed, “because we haven’t had the ability to place our fingers on when certain points can return, what ‘red rate’ suggests regarding what you can and also can refrain from doing.”

Wigod knows that secondary school instructors, professional athletes and also athletes’ parents are discouraged when they see interscholastic games being played in various other states and also the extension of club groups taking part in video games as well as events in state and also out of state.

“In the club as well as traveling round globe, there’s a great deal taking place there,” Wigod claimed. “People are seeing state championships taking place in other areas however not happening in The golden state in education-based athletics.”

Wigod stated that if routine adjustments have to be made to any kind of sports since of coronavirus, those changes would certainly be restricted to the reduction or elimination of nonleague competitions.

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“If changes have to be made,” he said, “they would be made more on the front end of the season and also not so much on the back end (when league games as well as playoffs are held).”

Wigod hopes much more changes will not be needed. Yet as the weeks pass and some data aren’t going in the direction state decision-makers like, Wigod is ending up being increasingly worried.

“We just haven’t made the progression we have actually all expected,” he stated.

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