CCCAA moves fall sports back to spring of 2021

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CCCAA moves fall sports back to spring of 2021

Both Bakersfield College and Taft College are part of the CCCAA but BC officials tell 23ABC that they are not happy with the decision but will press on.


CCCAA moves fall sports back to spring of 2021

B-C OFFICIALS TELLING 23ABCTHAT THEY ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THEDECISION BUT WILL PRESS ON.REGGIE BOLTON / INTERIM ATHLETICDIRECTOR, BAKERSFIELDCOLLEGE"EVERYBODY IS DISAPPOINTED INTHE DECISION.

BUT WEUNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF THESITUATION.

BUT THIS IS OURNEW NORM, WE ARE ADAPTING TO OURNEW NORM."BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE AND TAFTCOLLEGE WILL NOT BEPLAYING PLAYING SPORTS THIS FALL-- TO MUCH THE DISAPPOINTMENTOF THE BC OFFICIALS THAT 23ABCSPOKE TO.

THE DECISIONWAS ANNOUNCED THURSDAY NIGHT BYTHE CALIFORNIACOMMUNITY COLLEGE ATHLETICASSOCIATION.

THEPLAN WAS AMONG THREE POTENTIALSCENARIOS APPROVED BY THEBOARD IN EARLY JUNE.REGGIE BOLTON / INTERIM ATHLETICDIRECTOR, BAKERSFIELDCOLLEGE"I THINK OUR STUDENT ATHLETESWILL ADAPT, OURCOACHES WILL ADAPT AND OURCAMPUS WILL ADAPT.

THIS IS ASERIOUS SITUATION WITH COVID-19AND WE'RE TAKING ITSERIOUSLY."THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THISCONTINGENCY PLAN ALLOWEDCROSS COUNTRY AND WOMEN'S GOLFTO PROCEED IN THE FALL, BUT,THEY TOO, HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THESPRING SPORTS SEASON.ALL SPORTS WILL HAVE A 30PERCENT REDUCTION IN THEMAXIMUM NUMBER OF CONTESTS ORCOMPETITION DATES.

FORMATSFOR THE POSTSEASON WILL BEANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE, BUTTHE C-C-C-A-A ANNOUNCED IT WILLNOT HAVE STATECHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2020-21.

IN HISFIRST SEASON AS HEAD COACH OFBAKERSFIELD COLLEGE FOOTBALL --R.

TODD LITTLEJOHNSAYS HE SOMEWHAT EXPECTED THEDECISION.R.

TODD LITTLEJOHN / HEADFOOTBALL COACH,BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE"IT WASN'T A TOTAL SURPRISE ANDI THINK JUST WITH THE NUMBERSANDHOW THINGS HAVE GONE, YOU KNOWYOU JUST GO WOW.

YOU KNOWYOU GET THAT PUNCH IN THESTOMACH INITIALLY, BUT IT'SA SEVERE PUNCH."COACH LITTLEJOHN SAYS HE AND THEOTHER COACHINGSTAFF ARE CONTINUING TOENCOURAGE PLAYERS TO KEEPWORKING DESPITE THEPOSTPONEMENT.R.

TODD LITTLEJOHN / HEADFOOTBALL COACH,BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE"I KNOW SPORTS AND FOOTBALLESPECIALLY IS AN OUTLET FOR ALOTOF PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, ANDSO I THINK JUST INGENERAL, JUST CONTINUE TOSUPPORT ONE ANOTHER ANDSUPPORT THESE YOUNG PEOPLEBECAUSE THEIR LIVELIHOOD ANDTHEIR FUTURE IS HANGING IN THEBALANCE.FULL PRACTICE FOR BASKETBALL,CROSS COUNTRY, FOOTBALL,WOMEN'S GOLF, SOCCER, WOMEN'SVOLLEYBALL,WATER POLO, AND WRESTING WILLSTART IN JANUARY -- IF THE BOARDDECIDES IT'S STILL SAFE TO DOSO.

THE ASSOCIATION'SBOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL MEETAGAIN TO DISCUSS ANYPOTENTIAL ISSUES WITH THEIRDECISION ON JULY 17TH.

INBAKERSFIELD AUSTIN WESTFALL23ABC CONNECTING YOU.AS CONVERSATIONS CONTINUE AROUNDTHE

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