The adjusted COVID-19 case rate for Orange County as of Tuesday, February 23, had dropped to 11.7, meaning that outdoor contact sports like soccer and water polo can begin their seasons. .
The case rate established by the California Department of Public Health had to be 14 or less per 100,000 residents within a county for outdoor contact sports to be played in those counties. Orange County season 1 outdoor sports and boys and girls water polo can now begin full practice.
Soccer teams can play their first matches from March 11.
CIF rules regarding soccer require 14 days of practice before games can be played: three days of conditioning, 11 days with full pads. Teams can begin the conditioning period on Tuesday afternoon. If they begin the conditioning period on Tuesday (February, and complete the required 14 days of practice, soccer teams can play their first games March 11-13. Additionally, soccer teams can have a team fight on March 6). March, which is a Saturday.
The regular season is due to end on April 17, which would be the sixth game of the season for teams playing the first games during the March 11-13 period. The CIF Southern Section has canceled the football playoffs and other traditional fall sports such as cross country and water polo and women’s volleyball that became season 1 sports this school year when the usual three sports seasons (Fall, winter and spring) were condensed into two seasons (Season 1, Season 2).
A couple of soccer leagues that mostly have Orange County teams have one or more non-OC teams. The Trinity League is one of them, with Bellflower’s St. John Bosco in that six-team league with JSerra, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and Servite. Los Angeles County’s adjusted case rate was 12.3, giving Los Angeles County soccer teams the same opportunities as Orange County soccer teams.
Getting enough officials and umpires to work college football games probably won’t be a problem, according to Paul Caldera, a licensor for the Orange County Soccer Officials Association.
“As for the lower tiers,” Caldera said, referring to junior varsity, freshman, and other non-college games, “we won’t know until the schools decide how many teams they are going to have. Many of them might decide to be just one notch below varsity. But I’ve already told a couple of schools that I’m willing to think outside the box. ”
Regarding the masks required to play, the California Department of Public Health stated last week: “Soccer, rugby, and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played without a mask, with a close face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes. . ”
More details to come.