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CIF North Coast Section releases adjusted 2020-2021 high school sports calendar; football practice starts Dec. 14

Practices for cross-country, football, volleyball, water polo, field hockey, and gymnastics can all begin on Dec. 14. Football contests can start as early as Jan. 6.
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Following CIF State’s announcement that high school sports in California will not return until December 2020 at the earliest, the Central Section released their sports calendar for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday.

The three traditional high school sports seasons – fall, winter and spring – are now scheduled to be played between December and June and will be condensed into two seasons, fall and spring.

Practices for cross-country, football, volleyball, water polo, field hockey, and gymnastics can all begin on Dec. 14. Football contests can start as early as Jan. 6.

View the complete CIFNCS 2020-2021 calendar and announcement. Here are the key dates for every sport:

NORTH COAST SECTION FALL SEASON DATES

CROSS COUNTRY (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – DEC. 14, 2020
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – JAN. 27, 2021 (45 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAR. 13, 2021 (90 days)
NCS ENTRIES DUE – MAR. 14, 2021 (11:59 PM)
NCS CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAR. 20, 2021
CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAR. 27, 2021

FOOTBALL
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – DEC. 14, 2020
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – FEB. 11, 2021 (37 days)
WINDOW FOR SCHOOLS TO PLAY ONE SCRIMMAGE, PROVIDED INDIVIDUALS HAVE HAD AT LEAST 10 DAYS OF PRACTICE DEC. 25, 2020 – JAN. 2, 2021
FIRST DATE SCHOOLS CAN PLAY A GAME, PROVIDED THE TEAM HAS HAD AT LEAST 14 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE HAD AT LEAST 10 DAYS OF PRACTICE – JAN. 6, 2021 (Week 0)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAR. 20, 2021 (74 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – MAR. 20, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – MAR. 21, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – MAR. 26/27, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – APR. 2/3, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – APR. 9/10, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/BOWL GAMES – APR. 16/17, 2021

VOLLEYBALL (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – DEC. 14, 2020
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – JAN. 20, 2021 (38 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – FEB. 27, 2021 (76 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – FEB. 27, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – FEB. 28, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – MAR. 2/3, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – MAR. 5/6, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – MAR. 9/10, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – MAR. 12/13, 2021
CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) (Girls)/CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) (Boys) – MAR. 20, 2021

WATER POLO (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – DEC. 14, 2020
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – JAN. 20, 2021 (38 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – FEB. 27, 2021 (76 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – FEB. 27, 2021 (9 PM) NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – FEB. 28, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – MAR. 3/4, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – MAR. 6, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – MAR. 10, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – MAR. 13, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) – MAR. 20, 2021

FIELD HOCKEY
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – DEC. 14, 2020
SOPSIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – JAN. 18, 2021 (36 days)

GYMNASTICS
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – DEC. 14, 2020
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – JAN. 18, 2021 (36 days)

TRADITIONAL COMPETITIVE CHEER
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – Determined by School
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – 50% of Season
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION – Determined by School
CIF INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – APR. 17, 2021

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NORTH COAST SECTION SPRING SEASON DATES

BADMINTON
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – FEB. 22, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 4, 2021 (42 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 15, 2021 (83 days)
NCS ENTRIES DUE – MAY 16, 2021
NCS BRACKET DEVELOPMENT – MAY 16, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAY 22, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAY 29, 2021

SOCCER (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – FEB. 22, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 4, 2021 (42 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 15, 2021 (83 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – MAY 15, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – MAY 16, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – MAY 18/19, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – MAY 21/22, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – MAY 25/26, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – MAY 28/29, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) – JUNE 5, 2021

SWIMMING & DIVING (BOYS& GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 8, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 14, 2021 (38 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 22, 2021 (76 days)
NCS ENTRIES DUE – MAY 23, 2021 (1:15 PM)
NCS SEEDING MEETING – MAY 24, 2021
NCS DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAY 27, 2021
NCS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS – MAY 28, 2021
NCS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – MAY 29, 2021
CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – JUNE 4/5, 2021

TENNIS (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 8, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 11, 2021 (35 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 15, 2021 (69 days)
NCS TEAM POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – MAY 15, 2021 (9 PM)
NCS TEAM AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – MAY 16, 2021
NCS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – MAY 18/19, 2021
NCS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – MAY 20/21, 2021
NCS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – MAY 25/26, 2021
NCS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – MAY 28/29, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL TEAM REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) – JUNE 5, 2021
DEADLINE FOR LEAGUES TO DETERMINE QUALIFIERS FOR SINGLES/DOUBLES – TBA
FINAL DATE FOR SINGLES/DOUBLES COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS –TBA
NCS POSTSEASON SINGLES/DOUBLES APPLICATIONS DUE – TBA
NCS SINGLES/DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS – TBA

WRESTLING (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 8, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE (Fall Sport) – APR. 15, 2021 (34 days)
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE (No Fall Sport) – APR. 18, 2021 (31 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN LEAGUE QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT/NCS/CIF – MAY 19, 2021 (73 days)
DEADLINE FOR LEAGUES TO DETERMINE DUAL TEAM QUALIFIERS & AT-LARGE APPLICATIONS DUE – MAY 19, 2021 (10 PM)
DUAL TEAM COMPETITION (Student Team) – MAY 22, 2021
DEADLINE FOR LEAGUES TO DETERMINE INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS – MAY 29, 2021
NCS GIRLS ENTRIES DUE – MAY 29, 2021 (5 PM)
NCS BOYS ENTRIES DUE – MAY 29, 2021 (11:59 PM)
NCS SEEDING MEETINGS – MAY 30, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIPS – JUNE 4/5, 2021
CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – JUNE 10-12, 2021

BASEBALL
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 25, 2021 (42 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – JUNE 5, 2021 (83 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – JUNE 5, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – JUNE 6, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – JUNE 8/9, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – JUNE 11/12, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – JUNE 15/16, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – JUNE 18/19, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) – JUNE 26, 2021

BASKETBALL (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 21, 2021 (38 days)
FOUNDATION GAME DATE – MAR. 30, 2021
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 29, 2021 (76 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – MAY 29, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – MAY 30, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – JUNE 1-3, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – JUNE 4/5, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – JUNE 8/9, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – JUNE 11/12, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL/STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) – JUNE 18/19, 2021

COMPETITIVE SPORT CHEER (STUNT)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 23, 2021 (40 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – JUNE 1, 2021 (79 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – JUNE 1, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – JUNE 2, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIPS – JUNE 5, 2021
CIF/USA CHEER INVITATIONAL – JUNE 12, 2021

GOLF (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 19, 2021 (36 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 25, 2021 (72 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – MAY 25, 2021 (8 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE MEETING – MAY 26, 2021
NCS DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP/INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIER – Week of MAY 31, 2021
NCS DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP – Week of JUNE 7, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONAL/STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – JUNE 23, 2021

LACROSSE (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 21, 2021 (38 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – MAY 29, 2021 (76 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – MAY 29, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – MAY 30, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – JUNE 1, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – JUNE 3, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – JUNE 8, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – JUNE 10, 2021

SOFTBALL
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 25, 2021 (42 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – JUNE 5, 2021 (83 days)
NCS POSTSEASON APPLICATIONS DUE – JUNE 5, 2021 (10 PM)
NCS AT-LARGE & SEEDING MEETING – JUNE 6, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND – JUNE 8/9, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS – JUNE 11/12, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS – JUNE 15/16, 2021
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS – JUNE 18/19, 2021
CIF NOR-CAL REGIONALCHAMPIONSHIPS (Final Date) – JUNE 26, 2021

TRACK & FIELD (BOYS & GIRLS)
FIRST DATE OF PRACTICE – MAR. 15, 2021
SIT-OUT PERIOD DATE – APR. 25, 2021 (42 days)
FINAL DATE OF COMPETITION OTHER THAN NCS/CIF – JUNE 5, 2021 (83 days)
DEADLINE FOR LEAGUES TO DETERMINE QUALIFIERS – JUNE 5, 2021
NCS AREA MEETS (Redwood Empire, Bayshore, Tri-Valley & Class A) – JUNE 12, 2021
NCS MEET OF CHAMPIONS – JUNE 18/19, 2021
CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – JUNE 25/26, 2021