The mission of the Head-Royce School Athletics Department is to enrich the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of all student-athletes by providing equal opportunities for competition in which the lifelong values of sportsmanship, individual effort, teamwork, integrity, commitment, and self-discipline are emphasized throughout the sports season.
On December 14, the California Department of Health release their guidelines on Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports. This document provides some guidelines about when each sport or activity will be allowed to be played, based on the tiered system for counties. The main considerations are whether a sport is offered indoors or outdoors, and what level of contact the sport involves (low, moderate, high). Low contact sports that are played outdoors will be allowed to play in a more restrictive tier, and high contact sports played indoors will need to wait until the county gets to a less restrictive tier.
Given this guidance, high schools must now wait for information from the governing body for high school athletics in the state, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), to see if there will be any adjustments to the calendar they put forward earlier in the fall. We are hopeful that the CIF will make adjustments, so that the sports calendar will reflect the availability of sports as the county works its way through the tiered system.
Families will need to note one important aspect of these guidelines: the CDPH states that a student will only be able to play for one team at a time. This means that a family will need to decide to play for an outside club team, or for a team at Head-Royce. Please take note of this as you are contacted by clubs about what to expect in 2021. Keep in mind that club and school teams are both expected to follow the CDPH guidelines.
Soon, we hope to hear from the CIF with an update on the timing of the sports season that we can expect for high schools in California.
As we return in January, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student athletes to come to campus for practices or workouts.
If you have questions, you can email Athletics Director Brendan Blakeley.
On October 2, the North Coast Section approved a modified athletics calendar for schools in the Bay Area Conference, which includes Head-Royce. While most sports are offered in the same sequential order as in the past, a few are not.
With the stated goals this year of participation, community building, fitness, skill development, and competition, the HRS Athletic department is working to create an athletic experience that most similarly resembles what a standard year looks like.
Start and end dates for each season are somewhat flexible as of now. December 7 is the earliest date that the North Coast Section will allow teams to be formed.
FALL SEASON: December 7 through Mid-February
Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Men's Volleyball
WINTER SEASON: February 8 through Mid-April
Women's Basketball, Men's Basketball
SPRING SEASON: Early April through Mid-June
Women's Swimming, Women's Track & Field, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Softball, Women's Tennis, co-ed Golf, Men's Swimming, Men's Track & Field, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Baseball, and Men's Tennis
These seasons are shorter in length than a standard year. Postseason opportunities may be adjusted from a standard year, as well. But this calendar will allow us to continue to offer the programs which we’ve offered in the past.
Our Athletic department is hopeful that families will continue to opt in and participate in athletics this year. Of course, we understand that some families may have reservations.
To aid in our planning for the year, we ask that all students and families complete this US Athletics Interest Survey, so that we can get a snapshot of the interest in each of our programs.