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Update as of 2/25/2021 - My Fellow Bulldogs... IT'S TIME TO RALLY! 

 

At a daily press briefing this past Tuesday (2/23/21), the Governors office gave the go ahead, along with essential Youth Sports Safety Protocols outlined by the California Department for Public Health, for resuming High School OUTDOOR Sports.  As a result of these new guidelines, which take effect February 26, all High School sports may resume in accordance with the CIF SS calendar, assuming participants have been well informed of the various challenges posed by scheduling competition during the pandemic (including weekly Covid testing for high-contact sports).  At this time, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  For athletes to continue participation in sports at the high school level, a NEW google form must be completed with TWO SEPARATE signature pages uploaded to acknowledge the following:

 

1. Informed consent guidelines for resuming Athletics in California, and

 

2. Revised IUSD policy for use of non-district provided transportation.

 

Please utilize this NEW LINK to the revised Consent Guidelines for Resuming Athletics (Spring 2021):  https://tinyurl.com/NewWaivers2021

 

We thank you for your patience and support during these tough times, and look forward to seeing the Bulldogs back in action over the coming months.  Before we reopen campuses, there are a few things to consider:

  • SPECTATORS - There is a LIMIT ON OBSERVATION of youth sports.  Please consult with your Head Coach to discuss any available options for watching practices and/or spectators at contests.  There may even be the opportunity for our games to be live streamed for multiple facilities (COMING SOON!).
    • In those instances when observation is possible, there will be a limit to immediate household members only for practice and competition.  This number will be limited to ensure physical distancing can be maintained, to reduce potential crowding, and to maintain a manageable capacity on campus facilities.  

 

Update as of 2/18/2021 - Thank you to all who attended our SPRING ATHLETICS MEETING this past Thursday night.  We were encouraged by the high turnout, and proud of the patience and support of our Bulldog Athletics Community has provided during these challenging times.  Anyone who was not able to attend, please CLICK HERE for the link to the General Meeting notes.  

 

CAVE CANEM.

 

Update as of 12/16/2020 - The latest message from the CIFSS Commissioner with regard to the recent safety guidelines released by the State of California Department of Public Health (linked here). The statement is about a 4 page read with some important bullet points, followed by In-Season Return-To-Play Guidelines are outlined sport-by-sport for when team competitions are allowed to begin their seasons, and what that is to look like for a safe return for high school athletics.

 

KEY DATES:

  1. Monday, January 4 – The California Department of Public Health will reassess the January 25, 2021 return to competition date and re-evaluate the public health situation at that time.
  2. Tuesday, January 19 – CIFSS will provide an update on the plans for CIF Southern Section Fall Sports Championships.

 

Update as of 11/16/2020 - As many of you may have heard, Orange County has recently moved backward into the Purple Tier or Widespread COVID Infections. IUSD is having an Administrative Cabinet meeting Tuesday afternoon (11/17/2020), at which time they will advise our community on plans moving forward with regard to the academic school day and athletic camps/practices.

 

We will be in touch just as soon as we have more information, and how this impacts IUSD Athletics, especially following the states NEW recommendation to quarantine following out-of-state travel over the holiday season. The only good news is that the State and CIF said they have the updated guidelines for Youth Sports completed, but they cannot release them yet with the state in the Purple Tier. Colored tiers will now change WEEKLY, instead of every 2 weeks, so #STAYREADY to adapt, overcome, and make adjustments this week, and moving forward.

 

Keep hope alive!

 

Update as of 12/16/2020 - The latest message from the CIFSS Commissioner with regard to the recent safety guidelines released by the State of California Department of Public Health (linked here). The statement is about a 4 page read with some important bullet points, followed by In-Season Return-To-Play Guidelines are outlined sport-by-sport for when team competitions are allowed to begin their seasons, and what that is to look like for a safe return for high school athletics.

 

KEY DATES:

  1. Monday, January 4 – The California Department of Public Health will reassess the January 25, 2021 return to competition date and re-evaluate the public health situation at that time.
  2. Tuesday, January 19 – CIFSS will provide an update on the plans for CIF Southern Section Fall Sports Championships.

 

Update as of 8/10/2020 - Statement from the PHS Athletic Department clarifies state guidelines to resume sports camps and practices for IUSD effective Monday, August 27th 2020. Click HERE to review the statement.

 

Update as of 7/22/2020 - This week the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced changes to  2020-2021 sports calendars due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sports will be postponed for the fall and commence again starting in December, assuming it is safe to do so at that time. Here are some of the highlights of that announcement:

 

  • The regular three seasons of sports will be condensed into two seasons, Fall and Spring
  • Fall sports will start in December and Spring sports will start in March
  • Fall sports will consist of Cross Country, Football, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Water Polo and Traditional Competitive Cheer
  • Spring sports will consist of Baseball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Boys and Girls Soccer, Softball, Boys and Girls Swim, Boys and Girls Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling
  • The seasons will allow for pre-season and league competition, and includes CIF playoffs and one State playoff game
  • Athletes will be allowed to participate for their high school team and their club teams for this year only during the season of sport
  • Summer time rules will be extended from the start of school until the official start date for winter sports

 

This sports calendar was developed with input from all state section commissioners and state officials. We are hopeful that it allows enough time for the current COVID-19 crisis to subside. However, this athletic calendar also allows for some flexibility based upon the available data prior to the start of each season.

 

Here is the link for the CIF State Media release. You may reference the CIF Southern Section Sports Calendar here.

 

2020-21 Athlete Clearance Process

  1. ATHLETIC CLEARANCE: Create account of log-in to athleticclearance.com and start a new clearance for PortolaHS (CIF-SS) and the 2020-21 school year. Please be sure to complete all requested fields
    1. Make an appointment for a sports physical conducted by a licensed medical professional (i.e. your primary care doctor), and UPLOAD completed form to athletic clearance account (IUSD Physical Form)
  2. REGISTRATION: Complete Athletic Registration For (https://tinyurl.com/NewWaivers2021)
    1. Print/sign/UPLOAD the 2x NEW Covid-19 waivers directly to the form
  3. CONFIRMATION: Once you have completed your athletic clearance online and uploaded the 2x waivers on the athletic registration form, please print/sign/email a copy of your physical and athletic clearance confirmation page to Marci Boden (marciboden@iusd.org). She will notify you via email once clearance is complete. 

 

NOTE:  You must be cleared before participation in any summer camps, tryouts, practices, or games/contests (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Clearance can only be issued by the Athletic Department!