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Archive for January 8, 2021

Jan. 8, 2021 — Cold comfort in a cold opening

In the last couple of days, there has been some further guidance by the California Department of Health and the California Interscholastic Federation as to whether and when sports are able to restart for the winter.

And as of right now, it doesn’t look good for field hockey starting anytime soon.

You see, there are four COVID-19 tiers, which are assigned based on the number and frequency of positive tests in any particular county. Right now, the vast majority of schools in California are in high-risk areas. And the California Interscholastic Federation will only allow schools to participate in swimming, tennis, golf, alpine skiing, tennis, outdoor track, and cross-country.

Field hockey is in the second-highest tier of high risk, along with girls’ lacrosse, softball, and baseball. The problem is that there are only four California counties which are not in the high-risk tier: Humboldt, Mariposa, Alpine, and Sierra.

None of these four regions have the game of field hockey. Nor, for that matter, lacrosse.

Given the rise in the COVID-19 curve nationwide since Thanksgiving, it’s hard to see when the contagion level is going to be low enough to allow field hockey players in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area to play.

I guess we’ll know in a couple of weeks.