Athletic Teams Respond to Disrupted Spring Season

Due to federal and state health guidelines, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced its decision to cancel all section, regional, and state championships for the spring 2020 season on April 3.

However, pending the status of the coronavirus pandemic and health regulations, there is still the possibility that school sports programs could hold meets and games in June or July.

According to the North Coast Section (NCS) rules, June 1 marks the beginning of the summertime period. “It is usually the period in which we have club teams, and sometimes high school teams competing over the summertime,” said athletic director Raymond Meadows.

Meadows noted that these competitions would not be “an official CIF-sanctioned sport, so it is really going to be up to coaches and other administrators within specific sports to try and organize specific types of competition.”

Senior football and baseball player Grant Harper is skeptical. “I highly doubt there will be things taking place in June and July because people will be on vacation and some people may need to start summer workouts for other sports,” he said.

Harper has committed to attend and play football for UC Davis in the fall.

Since the termination of the spring season, the district has decided to offer partial refunds for team contributions upon request. According to Meadows however, there is not enough money in the athletic teams’ budgets to refund all of the contributions. Much of those funds are needed in order to cover expenses incurred prior to the season cancelation, including equipment purchases, athlete apparel, custodial fees, cand coach stipends.

Senior track and field athlete Ellie Guthrie is most upset over the lost opportunity to bond with her teammates. “I know other people look forward to the season because you get to hang out with people you don’t usually get to. So it is just kind of a bummer not being able to say goodbye to those people because I don’t know the next time we’ll see them since we are heading off to college,” said Gurthrie.

According to Guthrie, the track team has held weekly team meetings via Zoom in order to stay in touch, and some of its athletes have continued to train independently in order to stay fit. Some senior members of the team are also corresponding with college coaches who are encouraging them to continue training and complete individual time trials in order to prepare for next year.

According to the girls’ lacrosse head coach Devon Combe, the lacrosse team has also been hosting weekly team meetings via Zoom.

Some spring sports teams also hope to hold awards ceremonies in order to recognize their graduating seniors, “who lost, in many cases, their last opportunity to play organized sports,” said Meadows.

According to Harper, the baseball team plans on holding a goodbye ceremony for the seniors and their families during the 2nd week in May in the Campolindo baseball stadium. “They are going to have each senior come to the field in their uniforms every few minutes and take pictures with their parents,” said Harper.

Varsity swimmer junior Maggie Buckley plans on continuing the swim team’s tradition of handing out roses to varsity athletes, though following social-distancing protocols. “We’re going to drop roses off at all varsity households,” said Buckley.

Buckley also noted that there is more “in the works” for the seniors.

Although the coaches hope to hold some sort of ceremony in order to recognize these seniors, many do not plan on handing out their standard awards.

Combe plans on holding a celebration for her team’s seniors via zoom. “I haven’t thought too much about awards yet but we will definitely do something. I’ll most likely still have players vote [for awards] and host it online,” said Combe.