To NCRL Participants and Administrators-(update 12/7/2020)
At the beginning of the academic year, NCRL proposed a modified calendar for sports that coincided with what the California High Schools had proposed. We were optimistic that COVID-19 would be lessened in its effect on our communities. Unfortunately, as San Mateo County has now moved into the Purple Tier, we will need to adjust our expectations quite a bit.
As of 12/1/2020, here are some of the constraints we still have:
- Most of our organizations are Recreation Center programs with limited access to facilities. Most of the schools affiliated with our organizations have not opened up for in-person school instruction and are preventing any usage from our recreation departments. While we completely understand these decisions in order to keep everyone in our communities safe, it creates a barrier for our organizations to run programs like basketball, badminton, volleyball, etc.
- Some cities have also placed a hiring freeze due to budgetary constraints during COVID-19 making it extremely difficult to hire coaches and referees to run our sports programs.
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has not allowed for contact sports in their youth sport guidelines. This eliminates flag football, basketball, and potentially volleyball. Matches and games against other cohorts are not allowed either.
Even with the ability to use facilities or play contact sports, we at NCRL are concerned about playing intermural sports (sports played against multiple schools or organizations), and are preparing for our programs to be played intramurally (within the same school). While our kids (especially our 8th graders) would love to compete against the other programs they have been competing against since 6th grade, this is the most logical way to keep everyone safe.
We will put the safety of our kids and community first while aiming to provide a high quality program, and in this year that will not change.