The executive committee for the Central Coast Section, the governing body for high school athletics in five northern California counties — San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz — and a few private schools in San Francisco, approved plans this week for sports teams to return to practice amid the coronavirus pandemic.,A handful of sports are scheduled to return to competition Jan. 25, though no competition can be held until local stay-at-home orders are lifted, and the section left it up to leagues to move the seasons of all sports as they see fit.,The only downside for leagues moving low-contact sports — those allowed to play in the state’s purple tier — into the section’s Season 1 (Jan. 25 start date) is missing out on the possibility of playoffs.,The North Coast Section, which announced its plans Thursday to rearrange its whole schedule to allow low-contact sports first, eliminated playoff plans for both seasons.,But the East Bay’s Diablo Athletic League already announced Friday afternoon that it was rearranging its schedule to move purple-tier sports up in its calendar to allow for more competition.

The executive committee for the Central Coast Section, the governing body for high school athletics in five northern California counties — San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz — and a few private schools in San Francisco, approved plans this week for sports teams to return to practice amid the coronavirus pandemic.,A handful of sports are scheduled to return to competition Jan. 25, though no competition can be held until local stay-at-home orders are lifted, and the section left it up to leagues to move the seasons of all sports as they see fit.,The only downside for leagues moving low-contact sports — those allowed to play in the state’s purple tier — into the section’s Season 1 (Jan. 25 start date) is missing out on the possibility of playoffs.,The North Coast Section, which announced its plans Thursday to rearrange its whole schedule to allow low-contact sports first, eliminated playoff plans for both seasons.,But the East Bay’s Diablo Athletic League already announced Friday afternoon that it was rearranging its schedule to move purple-tier sports up in its calendar to allow for more competition.

BEIJING (XINHUA) - With roughly six months to go before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, China's national teams across various disciplines have entered winter training camps, going all out for either Olympic qualification or good results at the July 23-Aug 8 Games.,Xia Xuanze, head coach of the Chinese badminton singles, said that the team would continue to strengthen physical training and keep the athletes' minds focused.,China's national women's volleyball team, the pride of the nation since it first claimed the FIVB Women's World Cup in 1981, gathered in Beijing on Wednesday (Jan 6) and kicked off its winter training camp.,Lai Yawen, deputy director of the Chinese volleyball administrative centre, mentioned that the team hopes to improve with a scientific and technical training regime.,The Chinese gymnasts, who hope to rebound from their most humiliating defeat in more than 30 years at the Rio Olympic Games when they failed to win a single gold medal, the first time since the Los Angeles Games in 1984, are continuing with closed-door training in Beijing after travelling to Tokyo in November to participate in a four-nation international meet.

Just like much of it has for months.Coaches, student-athletes and fans expecting the Illinois High School Association to unveil a plan for the remainder of the 2020-21 sports calendar after Wednesday’s board meeting didn’t get it.Again.While the IHSA confirmed it does “hope to conduct all IHSA sports during the remainder of the school year calendar,” time is not on its side.,That’s when the IHSA will meet again to review options for an updated sports schedule.Much depends on when Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health allow sports to restart.Golf, cross country, girls swimming and girls tennis are the only sports that have competed during this school year.,Former St. Laurence and current Evergreen Park boys basketball coach Jim Sexton is the all-time leading scorer in Brother Rice history.Joliet Catholic girls volleyball coach Christine Scheibe said she believes the IHSA needs to produce a concrete plan by Jan. 27.,“We have two groups in charge of high school athletics in the state, the IHSA and governor’s office,” Eimer said.,The board also announced all high school sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar may begin to conduct contact days as soon as IDPH mitigations and local school guidance allow them.