Feb 23, 2021
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Coronavirus: California settles with prep athletes, allowing indoor sports statewide
Indoor sports activists earned a swift and sweeping victory Thursday in a legal settlement with the state of California that will remove the state’s additional restrictions on sports like basketball, volleyball and wrestling.
The settlement, which will allow all sports to operate under the same reopening tier using similar protocols to those in collegiate and professional play, came in response to a lawsuit filed last month in San Diego County by a pair of high school football players. Their attorney, Stephen C. Grebing, managing partner of Wingert Grebing of San Diego, said the settlement will allow all sports to compete in counties with adjusted case rates below 14 per 100,000, possibly as early as Friday.
Student-athletes in all but a handful of California’s 58 counties will be allowed under state rules to play indoor sports, however local counties and school districts will still have the option to opt out of the agreement, Grebing said. For the majority of those athletes and coaches in counties with case rates between 7 and 14 per 100,000, they will be subject to the same weekly testing requirement as high-contact outdoor sports.
California will only provide free testing for those high-contact outdoor sports athletes and coaches, as it outlined in new guidance this week. For newly approved indoor sports, athletes and coaches will have to schedule tests through their insurance providers or a private company that Grebing said agreed to provide free testing for all indoor sports participants statewide.
Masks will be required for all coaches and staff, as well as players while on the bench — but not during competition, Grebing said.
Up to four spectators per player were likely to be permitted, though the details were still being finalized, Grebing said.
Frank Knight, the boys’ basketball coach at Moreau Catholic in Hayward, is teaching classes this week while on a trip to Hawaii. He said he knew something was happening when his phone started buzzing early Thursday morning.
“I got up to teach my 8 o’clock class at 6,” Knight said. “While I am teaching it, my phone is blowing up. Everybody is calling. I’m like, ‘They must have made it OK to play basketball.’”
Two weeks ago, Knight did not believe there was any chance that high school basketball in California would be played before the academic year ends. But he said he changed his mind after listening to Grebing speak during a Zoom video conference with Bay Area coaches on Feb. 22.
“He came on and all he did was say let me tell you the argument we made with San Diego,” Knight said. “He probably took about seven minutes. After that, the next day, I went to Moreau. That was the first time I’d been in my office in like 350 days. Cleaned it up. I got up in the morning and packed a bag. I commuted to school like it was normal.”
Steven Dyer, the boys’ basketball coach at Campolindo High in Moraga, said he’d have his team on a court tomorrow if given the green light. A year ago, Campolindo beat De La Salle to win the Northern California Division I championship and advance to the D-I state final. Related Articles
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The state title game was canceled two days after the De La Salle game because of the virus.
“I am still a little fuzzy on the details of how this is all going to work,” Dyer said Thursday. “But, yeah, you go from having very little hope to I think a lot of hope now that we’re going to have a season. I am just really hopeful that our group this year will get some sort of season.”
Let Them Play CA, the group that has led the fight for the return of youth sports in California, has a news conference to announce the settlement scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
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