Sept 1, 2021- Indoor mask policy - read Guideline here.  

For sports indoors, where wearing a mask in not possible due to choking hazard or medical exemption.

"For sports where wearing a mask during play has been determined tpose a choking hazard by a well-recognized health authority, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (at this time, sports currently identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics are competitive cheer, gymnastics while on an apparatus, swimming, diving, water polo and wrestling)one of the following options is required:"

  •  Conduct these activities outdoors. 
  • Perform at least weekly screening testing with either PCR testing (1:1 or pooled PCR) or antigen testing of all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated. 

Link to CDPH: K-12 Guidance 2021-22 School Year (


Updated CDPH: Aug 19,2021

Please see the link below for updated CDPH Guidance regarding large events effective September 20, 2021. The bullet points below are the major changes from the original release in June. The proof of vaccination and/or negative test requirement is for attendees and not participants. Large indoor events were previously considered to be 5,000 or greater (now 1,000 or more).

 Below is a link that you may use on your section web pages that goes to the updated guidance.

  • Applied vaccine verification or negative testing requirement to Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more participants.
  • Removed self-attestation as a mode for both vaccine verification and for verification of negative COVID-19 test for indoor events scheduled after September 20, 2021.
  • Extended date for requirements and recommendations to remain in place to November 1, 2021.

June 8, 2021 State Color Tier Update

June 2, 2021 State Color Tiers Update

May 11, 2021 State Color Tiers Update

May 4, 2021 State color Tiers Update 

April 27, 2021 State Color Tiers Update  

April 20, 2021 State Color Tiers Update  

April 13, 2021 State Color Tiers Update 

March 23, 2021 State Color Tiers Update 

Sideline Cheer is considered comparable to competitive Cheer as "moderate" contact sport  

March 16, 2021 State Color Tiers Updated

All Sports Guidelines - Updated 3/10/21  

March 9, 2021 - State Color Tiers Update 

March 5, Guidance Interpretation Update 

School Tesing Taskforce - Information & Resources 

CIF- Graduated Return To Play (GRTP) Protocol  

CIF Evaluation for COVID19 Recommended Cardiac Testing   

March 2, 2021 - State Color Tiers Update  

Feb 23, 2021 - State Color Tiers Update 

Feb 16, 2021 - State Color Tiers Update

Feb 10, 2021 - Bylaw 600-605 & Cohorting 

Feb 9, 2021 State Color Tiers Update 

Feb 2, 2021 State Color Tiers Updated  

Jan 26, 2021 State Color Tiers  

Jan 25, 2021 Updated Sport Guidelines & COVID19 Modifications   

Jan 20, 2021 Northern Section Press Release Update sports 2021

Jan 19, 2021 State Color Tiers 

Jan 12, 2021 State Color Tiers  

Jan 5, 2021 CIF Announcment - CA County Color Tiers - COVID19 

Dec 31, 2020 CIF State Annoucment for Proposed Plan for the Return to Athletics  

Dec, 29, 2020 State Color Tiers  

ANNOUNCEMENT: December 15, 2020

CIF and NSCIF Proposed Plan for the Return of Educational-Based Athletics - Read Here 

CIF Sports COVID 19 Guidelines -

ANNOUNCEMENT: December 4, 2020

The Northern Section continues to be concerned with the health and safety of our student athletes. The CDPH has not changed their guidelines for high school and youth sports since the August 3rd guidelines were released. The Northern sports calendar for the 2020-2021 school year is in place and will remain in place. Since schools are not able to begin practice and competition as originally planned, the hope is you can begin in the future when new guidelines come out from the CDPH.

All practice and competition start times in the Northern Section are on hold until we receive new state return-to-play guidelines.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, when we have a better sense of the overall situation, the Executive Committee will meet again to discuss Northern Section athletics.


The required forms ((STUDENT PREPARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EXAMINATION WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY and STUDENT HEALTH SCREENING) for the 30-Day Physical Exam waiver are posted on the State CIF website at the link below. You can also get there by going to our Sports Medicine tab and then the COVID-19 Resources tab. We remind schools on the introductory page that they may elect to offer this 30-day waiver with the approval of the governing body of their school district or private school. This waiver applies only to the Fall of 2020 as the CIF does not have jurisdiction over school/school district physical examination policies for summer activities.