Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Q&A’s that Bay Area Preps HQ is doing with high school league commissioners throughout the region in advance of the scheduled start of practice for sports such as football, volleyball and water polo in December. Look for links to the published Q&A’s here.
Commissioner Dave Kiesel and the West Alameda County Conference’s athletic directors have no shortage of questions about what the future holds for high school sports over the next several months.
But, like every other high school administrator in the state, they simply do not know when those answers from the California Interscholastic Federation will arrive.
“All they’ve said is that they’ll let you know when we know,” Kiesel said this week. “I guess that’s the part that’s frustrating our athletic directors and our principals and our coaches in our schools, is that they don’t know when they’re going to know.”
The WACC is one of the region’s largest leagues with 12 schools: Alameda, Arroyo, Bishop O’Dowd, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Tennyson. This year, the conference has merged with the eight-school Mission Valley Athletic League to form three competitive-based football leagues — the Foothill, Mission and Shoreline.
Adjusted schedules for those leagues were approved in September, and Kiesel said they may need to be adjusted again if the CIF or North Coast Section decides to cut back on the 10 games that are allowed right now.
“So who knows what’s going to happen? It’s all a big question mark,” Kiesel said. “All we know now is what we can’t do.”
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Here is some of what Kiesel said in an interview with Bay Area Preps HQ this week. (Some answers have been edited for brevity and clarity).
You were in a meeting with some of the other league commissioners Monday. How did that go, and what were some of the things that were talked about?
“It was independent of the North Coast Section, organized by a couple of commissioners, and maybe 50 or 60 percent of the NCS commissioners were present. The idea was just to kind of throw around what’s happened in various areas of the section. As you know, the section’s pretty diverse, and seeing what individual schools and districts and leagues were doing, if anything, and what they thought the future would hold.”
What are some of the things the WACC schools have been able to do up until this point?
“We have a bare majority of schools that are in non-sports specific conditioning. I believe we have seven schools that are doing this now. I was really impressed by the safety precautions the various schools have put into effect in terms of the treatment of pods, the size of pods and the involvement of lots of school personnel to make sure the kids are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. I don’t know how long that’s going …read more
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