Ramping up for a Sports Return


Emma Sharman

By Emma Sharman

On Tuesday, February 2, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)announced that (NFHS) that it is difficult to prove the likelihood of being infected with COVID-19 during athletics. This signified a turning point in the push for youth and high school athletics to return for a spring season, particularly football. 

As of Monday, February 8, Cross Country athletes were still the only ones allowed to partake in their sport across Southern California due to the fact that every county in the area is ranked in the purple tier, meaning that there are more than 8% positive test rate over the course of seven days or seven cases per every 100,000 residents for COVID-19 cases, which is an incredibly dangerous level. 

However, according to the Press Telegram, “…it seems very likely now that California officials are going to clear the way—as much as they can—for there to be a high school football season this school year, as well as seasons for all of the other sports.” 

Just a couple weeks later, on Friday, February 19, it was announced that Governor Gavin Newsom would be lifting the ban on outdoor sports, revealing that high school sports would be permitted to continue starting February 26. The regulations will be allowed to lighten in areas with COVID cases in the purple tier and the red tier. 

The new guidelines indicate that “outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in the purple and red tiers as long as the counties have a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000.” according to Scorebook Live.

Of course there is always the potential for the state to intervene if there is widespread disregard for COVID regulations or if a drastic increase in cases were to occur.

So what does this mean for Millikan? 

As of right now, Millikan football players continue to follow strict mask-wearing, social distancing, and health check-in protocol in order to practice on the field, according to the Student Football Team Manager April Brown. Every player must have their temperature checked and everyone on campus must stay six feet away from each other at all times. Shoulder pads and helmets are chemically sanitized on a consistent basis. 

Brown is hopeful for the future of the football season, considering the current declining pattern in California’s COVID-19. In order for the football team to lighten up their current routine, they must pass the upcoming health check in on the 26 of February.