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CIF-SS authorizes playoffs for ‘Season 2’ team sports

Mater Dei payers celebrate their 34-17 win over St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium on Saturday night.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The post-season championship will return to the CIF-SS this school year. The California Department of Public Health has provided updated guidelines that will enable the competitions of teams within any part of the state. With vaccine administration in California becoming accessible to residents 16 years and older, COVID-19 cases have reduced.

The sports that will be able to participate in championships include soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, tennis, lacrosse, baseball and softball. Both boys and girls will participate in all sports. According to CIF-SS, the competitions will, however, take place in home settings rather than the scheduled locations and follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

CIF-SS is working on individual games such as golf, tennis and swimming. Only wrestling will be denied in this championship for both genders as no tournaments have taken place this season and hence there is no league finals plan.

The California Department of Public Health has forbid wrestling due to high levels of contact during these individual tournaments and gatherings of their teams. The City Section, made up mostly of Los Angeles Unified schools, has already decided to hold playoffs and team championships for all spring sports at home sites with the exception of wrestling and basketball, which remain uncertain.

It also would provide a waiver from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to hold a track championship. LAUSD still hasn’t decided when or if it will allow an indoor basketball post-season.

CIF has granted a waiver that will allow athletes to complete the games this year. In addition, the Southern Section will maintain the same playoff divisions and pooling and will require an improved record of at-large teams. The bracket could increase or decrease depending on the number of leagues sent into qualifiers.

Four sections have canceled the spring playoffs: North Coast, San Francisco, Northern, and San Joaquin.

More details about the Southern Section’s location and dates will be provided in due course.

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