The North Bay League and the California Interscholastic Federation have updated COVID-19 guidelines deciding to move forward with sports allowed by the State of California when a county is in the Purple Tier. This means that starting as soon as February 1st, sports such as boys tennis, girls golf, and cross country will be available to Ukiah High School students. More sports will be available in April and March, such as swimming and track and field in March, and boys golf and girls tennis in April.
Additional sports will start up again according to the COVID-19 tier counties are in. For example, in the red tier, sports such as baseball and softball will be available. Counties in the orange tier football, cheer, soccer, volleyball, and water Polo will be available. Sports allowed in the yellow tier are wrestling and basketball.
As sports slowly reopen to student participation, Ukiah High’s Athletic Director Coach Stephen Summers thinks that “athletes should stay physically active. If that means participating in an after school pod, great if that means riding your mountain bike or going on hikes, that is good too. It is not healthy to sit in front of a screen all day and not be physically active.” For those students hoping to maintain a competitive edge , Coach Summers is “a big advocate of strength-building activities; I believe it can be a huge separator in High School athletics.”