Why some sports are taking advice from baseball coaches for the changed CIF schedule – Daily News



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Each summer, high school baseball coaches take on the challenge of creating a schedule for their players for the months leading up to next season. The school year starts in August, but the baseball season doesn’t start until February.

Now that the CIF Southern Section has postponed the start of all high school sports for 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic, more sports will have to endure the long wait that baseball takes each school year. Basketball is one of those sports facing a big adjustment, moving from its usual start in early November to the start of this season on March 12.

This led to local basketball coaches drawing on the expertise of baseball coaches for advice on how to plan for the next eight months without wearing players out or causing injury.

Harvard-Westlake boys’ basketball coach David Rebibo shares a campus with one of the nation’s top high school baseball coaches, Wolverines head coach Jared Halpert.

“I asked about the phases of progression that (Halpert) implements throughout the school year,” Rebibo said. “And what he seeks to gain from each phase. I want to keep my players engaged and locked in. I don’t want children to lose hope, that’s my concern.

One of the biggest questions this fall will be whether teams can play in unofficial tournaments or scrimmages. The CIF South Section and City Section have extended the “summer rules” in the fall and early winter until the new CIF December start date for high school sports . The CIF has made it clear that every school and school district makes sport activity compulsory and could allow competitions to be held during the offseason of a sport.

Valencia baseball coach Michael Killinger believes any competition once school resumes would be helpful for high school athletes.

“There must be a cookie at the end,” Killinger said. “We start playing baseball games (in the fall) in October of each year. They don’t mean much, but for the players, it motivates them. It will be extremely difficult to keep an athlete engaged with just practice and training for months. ”

Sierra Canyon women’s volleyball coach Stefanie Wigfall is hoping the changed school schedule will give her players a much-needed break. The Southern California Volleyball Association, which governs the club volleyball circuit, will announce on Wednesday whether it will change the club season which typically runs from November to July. Volleyball’s new start date is December 19, which means its players will be able to rest during the fall, unless the SCVA moves the club season to yours before the start of the new high school season.

“For now, major college conferences are still competing this fall, so club season is unlikely to be moved as college coaches won’t be able to recruit,” Wigfall explained.

The CIF state has suspended statutes 600-605 (sports season) for this school year, which will allow athletes to compete in games and tournaments with their high school and club programs at the same time, which is a decision unprecedented.

“He believes high school volleyball coaches should be prepared to share players with their club team this year,” Wigfall said.


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