The California Interscholastic Federation has cancelled all spring sports postseason events, ending high school athletics for the rest of the academic year.
Executive Director Ron Nocetti made the announcement in a press release Friday after meeting with the CIF’s 10 section commissioners via conference call Friday morning.
This was to be expected because of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom and state school Superintendent Tony Thurmond urged all campuses to remain closed for the remainder of the school year and encouraged distance learning.
“We understand this is disappointing for everyone involved in education-based athletics and empathize with our student-athletes and all who are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak,” Nocetti stated. “As always, our top priority is everyone’s ongoing health and safety during this challenging time, and we all look forward to the day when education-based athletics resumes.”
On March 12, the CIF cancelled its state basketball finals at Golden 1 Center, two days before the Weston Ranch boys team was set to face off with SoCal champ St. Francis of La Canada.
The following day, the final spring sports contests took place in the area as San Joaquin County Superintendent James Mousalimas recommended that schools shut down for the next three weeks. On Thursday, Mousalimas followed suit on the advice of Newsom and Thurmond to keep them closed.
The spring sports season began on Feb. 28 and lasted two weeks.
Season-ending events cancelled by the CIF: state swimming and diving (May 15-16), regional boys tennis (May 22-23), regional badminton (May 23), state track and field meet (May 29-30) and regional/state boys golf tournaments (May 18, 28 and June 3). Baseball and softball end at the section level.