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CCCAA approves plan to move forward with junior college athletics starting in fall

The CCCAA Board of Directors voted unanimously on Friday to move forward with allowing a modified athletics calendar starting in the fall with football and several other sports. (File photo by Maddie Harrell / Shasta County Sports)

The California Community College Athletic Association Board of Directors  on Friday voted unanimously to move forward with a framework to resume junior college athletics starting in the fall.

The plan, a Modified Plan B, would have football, volleyball, cross country, women’s golf, soccer, water polo and wrestling start in September with a 75 percent schedule. For football, that would look like an eight-game season with a scrimmage.

The vote to resume junior college sports comes on the same afternoon as Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing the state likely will move to Stage 3 by next week. However, the CCCAA board also included a caveat that it would reconvene in early July to see if the state’s health climate would allow the plan to move forward or if further adjustments or precautions would be necessary.

Shasta College head football coach Bryon Hamilton was still on the Zoom meeting at the time of publication.

Butte College Athletic Director Craig Rigsbee spoke during the meeting about the vital role athletics play in education.

“Education is a chance to make change,” he said. “(Athletics) are a hook for a lot of kids (to pursue higher education).

“We need to move forward with this. … We know that we are moving the needle and we can help these kids.”

Rigsbee asked the board to consider a nine-game schedule for football as the scrimmage diminishes an extra chance for players to be seen and recruited.

The plan also shifts winter sports to the spring, including basketball, which would being games March 1, 2021 and end the season in mid-May.

This story will be updated as it develops.

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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