Thursday, January 28, 2021 | Donna Hagans, Director of Athletics
On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 the Sac-Joaquin Section approved a new 2020-2021 Sports Calendar, replacing the calendar outlined in the fall with a season 1 and a season 2. The new sports calendar has finally offered each individual league the opportunity to design their sports offerings based on what is best for those schools involved.
What does this mean for our league, the Sierra Delta League?
On Tuesday evening, following the sections Board of Directors approval of the new sports calendar, the SDL determined that we will only establish league schedules for the spring sports. All other sports are in limited period.
VCS SPRING SPORTS: Baseball, Softball, Golf, Swimming, Track & Field, Men’s Volleyball
Spring sports calendars are being established by the SDL Commissioner and are expected to be finalized by early next week. All spring sports will being in early March, ending in mid-May.
More to come once our spring schedules are ready!
Are you a student-athlete interested in playing for a spring team?
1) Complete your Final Forms registration and submit the required participation documents.
2) Click here to complete a quick poll on your spring sport interest. (In compliance with the CDPH, student-athletes must choose sports team, there is to be no dual sports participation during the spring season dates)
SACRAMENTO – Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.
This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest, or purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays. Individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules.
What does this mean for VCS Athletics?
Solano County remains in the Widespread – Purple Tier allowing youth sports to begin the use of shared equipment within our cohorts/teams during practice sessions following the CDPH guidelines for masking, social distancing to the maximum extent possible, hygiene and Equipment Sanitation. Athletes and coaches are expected to choose one team for the season, they are not to participate/coach on multiple teams during the same time frame. Once outside competitions begin, due to the added risk of spreading the COVID virus if an athlete contracted the virus while competing with an outside school, the athlete must stop training with all other teams.
For example: If Joe is participating on the school football team, he cannot concurrently participate with his outside club basketball team. Joe must choose to participate with only one team. Also, if Joe is currently participating on the school cross country team and practicing with his school basketball team, once he starts to compete against other schools with his cross country team, he must stop training with the basketball team until he is finished with his cross country season. This is all about protecting everyone involved and we must abide by our county order to follow the CDPH guidelines.Donna Hagans, VCS Director of Athletics
CURRENT CIF SPORTS SCHEDULE:
IN-SEASON (In-person competitions allowed to begin according to assigned tier): Cheer (Yellow), Cross Country (Purple), Football (Orange), and Women’s Volleyball (Orange)
LIMITED PERIOD for all other high school sports: Baseball (Red), Basketball (Yellow), Competitive Cheer (Yellow), Golf (Purple), Soccer (Orange), Softball (Red), Swimming (Purple), Track & Field (Purple), and Men’s Volleyball (Orange)
Still, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section has yet a new proposal on the table. They are preparing to vote on a new Sports Calendar for the remaining 2020-2021 school year this week. This new proposal could give the VCS sports league, the Sierra Delta League, the opportunity to determine which sports our small school league could actually make happen this spring based on anticipated movement into particular tiers. The SDL has many things to consider in their decision, such as student-athlete participation numbers, facility availability, transportation, and coaching staff to name a few. Part of the CDPH guidelines requires schools to limit their competitions to their own county and adjacent counties within the same tier. For VCS this means we can only compete with schools in the same tier and located in Solano, Napa, Sacrament, and Yolo counties respectively. The challenge for the SDL is that we are not all in adjacent counties, so VCS is not even allowed to play two of the seven league teams: Golden Sierra and Linden.
Our heads are spinning as A.D.’s as we try to manage the constant changes handed down by both the state and our CIF section along with the many unknowns of this virus. Our goal is the same at this point – we simply want our kids to be able to compete!Donna Hagans, VCS Director of Athletics
January 20, 2021
The CIF State Office issues the following notice: CIF Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition):
On July 20, 2020, pursuant to Bylaw 1108, the CIF Executive Director issued a notice which suspended CIF Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) for the 2020-21 school year only. On December 14, 2020, the Governor’s Office and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the updated guidance document “Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports” which included the language below:
Cohorting (“Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports” CDPH document)
Athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period (notwithstanding
competitions permitted as outlined below).
Therefore, the CIF must rescind its temporary suspension of CIF Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) effectively immediately to avoid being in conflict with the language above issued by the Governor’s Office and the CDPH. If the CDPH Guidance is amended in the future, the CIF may elect to revisit this issue.
Question: If a student has already participated on a team outside the CIF, does this impact their high school eligibility?
Answer: No. As of today, there have been no CIF contests so no student has lost eligibility with respect to this Bylaw.
Please see the link for the original notices released by the CIF: https://cifstate.org/governance/constitution/1108__Bylaw_Modifications_2020-21.pdf
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Due to the most current California Department of Public Health guidelines and the CIF State Covid-19 Modifications, once the Solano County shelter-at-home mandate is lifted VCS Cross Country will be allowed to compete against any other team located within our county or adjacent counties. At this time, there are few middle school athletic programs actively in session with on-campus learning, so we will coordinate dual meets with only a couple local middle school teams – but at least we have competitive opportunities for our runners and any student-athlete interested in coming out to join us!
Anticipating the shelter-at-home mandate to be lifted very soon, VCS Middle School Cross Country will begin practicing on Monday, February 1, 2021 out at Falcon Field from 3pm to 4:15pm. Never been a runner, there’s no time like the present to come out and give it a try!
Season: Feb. 1- Mar. 31
Sports Fee: $175
Practices & Meets: Practices will be held at VCS Falcon Field. Once the meet dates are determined, all families will be notified. Practice days may be adjusted accordingly after the schedule is completed.
What do I need to do to come to practice on Monday, Feb. 1st?
1) Complete your registration in Final Forms, if you have not yet done so.
2) Come prepared with the following:
- Running shoes
- Comfortable clothes to run in
- Water bottle