FEB. 19 UPDATE: The conditioning for sports previously scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 22, has been moved back to Monday, March 1, by the district. Students should receive an email on their district email accounts that will allow them to register and upload physicals. Students who have not registered or submitted physical forms will not be allowed to begin conditioning March 1. When uploading physicals, students should create a file with all three pages of the physical form. The registration process will not take more than one upload, and all three pages are necessary.
The state has issued new guidelines lifting restrictions for outdoor sports to begin competition, and Franky Navarro, the OAL Commissioner, will be meeting with the district legal department on Wednesday, Feb. 24, to establish requirements for starting up competitions.
For further information on the new state guidelines for sports, visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx.
School sports in California are in a continuing flux. Season 1 and Season 2 as defined by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and previously posted on our Web site (see below) are no longer current for Season 1. It is hard to predict whether Season 1 and 2 will go forward as long as the state stays in the tiers that most counties are now in. Season 1 teams will only play league games.
Three sports — Football, Cross Country and Girls Volleyball — began conditioning on Feb. 1 at Tech. Conditioning is done outdoors with safety guidelines in place. Students who wish to condition on their own will be able to secure a training regimen that lists what will be happening on the campuses. Students who will be participating on site will need a physical, and the commissioner has said that a virtual physical will be acceptable. Conditioning for these sports will continue for three weeks, from Feb.1 to Feb. 19, in 60-minute segments in the late afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30. Also, there is a waiver that parents will be asked to sign.
The CIF has defined sports by tiers, and as our county moves from one tier to the other, specific sports will be allowed to resume competition, within Alameda County Department of Health guidelines and with district approval. The Oakland Athletic League has provided a protocol for returning to physical activity/training, which covers ensuring appropriate physical distancing, mask wearing, screening, disinfecting and outdoor activities only.
All other sports will be allowed to begin conditioning on Feb. 22. Again, students will need a physical to participate.
Every student should have received an email from the district at their district emails providing conditioning information and registration forms. These forms must be submitted online with physicals. Physical forms are available on this website.
The sports and tiers are broken down as such:
Further details will be posted here as information becomes available.
PREVIOUS INFORMATION POSTED ON DEC. 3, 2020:
This school year, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has determined high school sports will be conducted in two seasons, rather than the traditional Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. The original start up date for Season 1 sports was mid-December for cross country, football, boys and girls volleyball and bowling. Season 2 would then be starting in late February or early March for badminton, baseball, basketball, boys and girls golf, girls lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, boys and girls tennis, track and field, and wrestling.
Since the original startup dates were announced in August, the CIF has changed the startup dates for Season 1 from December to January, saying that no practices can start prior to January 1 at the earliest — and may be further delayed as the CIF waits for guidance from the state. Also, boys volleyball, which was scheduled to be in Season 1, has been moved to Season 2.
The CIF is planning to update its scheduled dates for Season 2, with a revised schedule to be issued soon.
Obviously, this is all dependent on the state turning around its pandemic numbers, so further changes may be forthcoming.
One important change in this school year is that the CIF and Oakland Athletic League rule that forbids student athletes from participating on an outside team, while also playing within the OAL, has been waived, so that students will be able to do both assuming their coaches are agreeable.
Below is the origional breakdown of OAL sports that be will offered at Oakland Tech once athletics moves forward. With the changes made by the CIF, the scheduled dates shown in this will need to be revised; the revised schedule will be posted once the CIF releases updates. In addition to these OAL sports, Tech also offers a number of club teams, including rowing, ice hockey, mountain biking, boys lacrosse and ultimate frisbee. Please note that regional and state playoffs for Season 1 have been cancelled. (scroll to view all five pages):
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