St. Bernard’s Football plans for CIF changes


EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) – The California Interscholastic Federation recently announced that fall high school sports will be pushed back into the winter season due to COVID-19 concerns.

St. Bernard’s Head Coach Matt Tomlin said he fully supports the decision.

“I felt like the CIF made the best decisions they could for the kids. The safest decision to give them a chance to play football and not just have the season cancelled,” Tomlin said.

With the new shorter schedule, teams will begin practice starting December 14 and begin game action on January 6. Tomlin said the next step for his team is to find a safe way for players to work out and train during the fall. He said it is also important for players to find ways to improve individually while the team cannot be together.

As this is uncharted territory, the off-season is going to have a completely different look, but Tomlin said his team is prepared.

“We’ll be ready, I mean everybody is in the same boat and you can’t make excuses. If you want to be a big time athlete, you have to prepare and be ready when your opportunities arrive. There is no place in this world for excuse makers and so our team will be ready to play whenever that day comes,” Tomlin said.