The CCCAA was supposed to announced plans on July 17, but it was moved up because officials believe the spike in coronavirus cases wasn’t going to change.
The plan was among three potential scenarios approved by the CCCAA Board of Directors in early June.
On June 26, the Central Valley Conference announced it was canceling fall semester sports because of COVID-19 concerns. Officials said a return to athletics in January “will only occur if it is safe to do so.”
That decision will be guided primarily by state and local health guidelines.
The contingency plan originally had men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s golf competing in the fall, but was slightly modified in its latest version to move those three sports to the spring with the remainder of the CCCAA’s 24 sports.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staffs are our top priorities,” said Jennifer Cardone, CCCAA interim executive director. “While the contingency plan has the most drastic changes, it’s also the one that provides us the best opportunity to return to competition.”
Teams could start practice in mid-January and begin competition in February along with basketball, football, soccer, women’s volleyball, water polo and wrestling. First games are slated to start on Feb. 5 except football, which will begin Feb. 13.
Badminton, baseball, beach volleyball, men’s golf, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and men’s volleyball are scheduled to start practice in late March before starting games on April 10.
All sports will have a 30 percent reduction in the maximum number of contests or competition dates that are currently permitted and will also have regional postseason competition, the CCCAA said.
Formats for the postseason will be announced at a later date.
The CCCAA will not have state championships in 2020-21.