Patriots News · California Department of Public Health Update 12/15/20


CDPH Update for Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports

December 15, 2020

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released an update that impacts high school athletics as we move into 2021.

While we are excited that the updated youth sports guidance which was released on 12/14 creates a possible pathway for a return to high schools athletics it also creates a lot of questions. Once again, we ask for your patience as we work with our state and local CIF offices as well as our district leadership to review the impact of this new guidance from the California Department of Health as it pertains to the plan for the start of Season 1 sports.

There will be many more updates in January from the CIF State office, CIF-San Diego Section, San Diego Unified, and city of San Diego.

Here is the link the the CDPH announcement: December 15, 2020 Update

A few key pieces of information:

Youth and adult sports are classified below by their level of contact and transmission risk. This classification applies to competition or training/practice with others. It does not apply to individual conditioning or exercise.

  • Low-Contact Sports
    • Individual or small group sports where contact within six feet of other participants can be avoided. Some of these sports have relatively low exertion rates that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings when within six feet of other people.
  • Moderate-Contact Sports
    • Team sports that can be played with only incidental or intermittent close contact between participants.
  • High-Contact Sports
    • Team sports with frequent or sustained close contact (and in many cases, face-to-face contact) between participants and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants. Indoor sports are higher risk than outdoor sports due to reduced ventilation

Permitted Youth and Recreational Adult Sports by County Tier

  • Physical conditioning, practice, skill-building, and training that can be conducted outdoors, with 6 feet of physical distancing, and within stable cohorts are authorized regardless of county tier status. Such activities may be conducted indoors consistent with restrictions by Tier in the Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity.
  • In counties under the Regional Stay at Home Order, only activities consistent with the bullet immediately above are permitted, regardless of the county’s tier status.

***Currently the only offseason conditioning programs that have been permitted by the SDUSD are Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Football.