ALL SAN DIEGO GAMES CANCELED

Section office says schools won't be able to schedule activities until at least next Monday due to devastating wildfires. Some schools in the Southern Section will be scrambling to get postponed games played in time for the playoffs.

The CIF San Diego Section has canceled all sports events and practices through Saturday, November 1, section commissioner Dennis Ackerman announced on Tueday.

The cancellations are in response to the wildfires that have swept through San Diego and been burning since early Sunday morning, October 26. Air quality is considered to be at a dangerous level for outside activities.

"In the interest of the health, safety and welfare of CIF-SDS student-athletes, there shall be no games or practices, which includes, but is not limited to, chalk talks, walk-through practices or meetings," Ackerman said in a statement. "The scheduling of practices at off-school sites or out of the county is not permitted."

Ackerman added that canceled games will be rescheduled through each conference.

In the more massive Southern Section, a lower percentage of schools are directly impacted by all the fires, although many in the Inland Empire area have postponed athletic activity.

On Monday, four football games that had originally been postponed from the previous Friday were postponed again due to poor air quality. The impacted games included Corona vs. La Sierra of Riverside, Centennial of Corona at Jurupa Valley, Norco at Santiago of Corona and Riverside King vs. Riverside Rubidoux.

According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the CIF Southern Section office told schools there was no consideration to pushing back the football playoffs one week to accommodate any schools that have had games canceled due to the fires. Those schools rescheduling also have to follow a CIF rule that says a school can't play more than two games in any eight-day period before the CIFSS playoffs.


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