Recently, the CIF Southern Section unfortunately cancelled all fall sports playoffs and championships due to the ongoing pandemic. Sports that are in the fall include football, girls volleyball, and both boys and girls water polo. Currently Santa Barbara County is in the purple tier, and for fall sports to be able to have a season, we would have to be able to get to the orange tier by a certain time. Unfortunately, not enough progress has been made in order to have postseasons for all fall sports. There is simply not enough time for league play and championships or else they would eventually overlap into the winter and spring sports. Winter and spring sports are still on schedule for their regular season, including league and postseason completion.
Now that there are no CIF Southern Section Championships, CIF Regional, or State Championships in place, these fall sports are hoping to continue on these given dates: boys and girls cross country on Saturday, March 27th, 2021; 8-man football on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021; 11-man football on Saturday, March 20th, 2021; and lastly girls volleyball and boys and girls Water Polo on Saturday, March 20th, 2021.
In order for play to resume, the school community would need to come together to help bring the number of cases down so that spring sports doesn’t end up in the same situation that fall sports is going through right now. This is possible if people wear their masks, social distance, and avoid social gatherings. As a community, Santa Barbara is strong enough to come together as one to avoid other cancellations that could unfortunately leave student athletes without their passions that make them happy in their high school careers.
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