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UPDATE: CIF takes wait-and-see approach with canceling spring season; schools remain closed into April

UPDATE — MARCH 17

The California Interscholastic Federation’s 10 section commissioners met Tuesday and announced the CIF would not permanently halt the 2020 spring sports season because of measures taken to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“While the time may come when we have to cancel postseason events, today is not that day,” CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti wrote, adding “the CIF has not determined the future of spring sports events at this time and intends to reconvene with the 10 Section Commissioners on April 3 to revisit this issue.”

Most schools have shuttered earlier this week as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. Shasta County Schools, for the most part, have been closed until at least April, with some extending the absence through the regularly scheduled Spring Break.

** Original story **

Shasta Union High School District Superintendent Jim Cloney said Friday that all extra curricular activities – sports, dances, trip – will be suspended for three weeks beginning Monday in a precautionary response to the growing coronavirus health threat sweeping the nation and world.

For the sporting community, that means no games or practices from Monday, March 16 through April 14.

School, however, remains in session for Cloney’s district, but he said that remains a fluid situation as well.

“We are talking at 11:59 a.m. on Friday and we are open,” Cloney said. “There are lot of districts closing, large and small, but our plan is to stay open.”

The break in extra curricular activity, Cloney said, will run through the district’s return from Spring Break.

Sharon Martin of the Chico Enterprise-Record tweeted around noon that the Chico Unified School District was also suspending athletics for the same time period.

And a Gateway Unified School District employee confirmed that district, along with the Anderson Union High School District, will join the Shasta and Chico districts in the suspension of spring sports.

The California Interscholastic Federation is planning a Tuesday meeting with its 10 section commissioners to discuss how to move forward.

This comes as other leagues and entities are postponing or canceling events.

• The Redding Breakfast Lions Club announced early Friday it had canceled its 25th annual high school basketball, which was to be played March 29 at Simpson University.

•  Simpson University suspended all athletic activities indefinitely. The stoppage includes all games, practices, travel, and team events while administrators monitor the developing situation. In conjunction with the California Pacific Conference, the suspension will include the remainder of the month of March at least.

• Shasta College has canceled spring sports along with entire California Community College Athletic Association.

• Junior high school leagues have been suspended throughout Shasta County.

• AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) has suspended play nationally for three weeks.

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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