SPHS Sports Update | Athletics on Hold for the Fall

South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz wrote last week in a message to parents and students in the community that athletics at local campuses are in a “wait and see” situation for the foreseeable future

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Fall sports at South Pasadena High have been put on hold as a result of the coronavirus.

In a letter to the South Pasadena Unified School District community last week, Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz said athletics are in a “wait and see” situation for the foreseeable future.

Any team, including football, cross country, boys’ water polo, girls’ tennis, girls’ volleyball or girls’ golf, engaging in team training is in violation of the state order, according to Yantz.

“Decisions on high school athletics will be based on further guidance from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,” he wrote in his letter.

An announcement from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is expected by July 20 on whether or not the fall season will be delayed or cancelled.

COVID-19 has thrown everything into a world of question marks. While he awaits the green light for his players to head back to the gridiron for practices, SPHS coach Jeff Chi and his coaching staff have encouraged players to be active, exercise and to get into top condition in anticipation to a possible season.

In addition, allowing them to look at their playbooks, and films from last year to mentally get ready for our opponents “is key right now.”

Chi would like to get on the field, start thinking about the season ahead and, hopefully, improve on a 7-4 record and third place finish in the Rio Hondo League a year ago.