PG&E shutdowns: How will they affect high school sports? – The Mercury News

High school administrators were monitoring the potential PG&E power shutdowns Tuesday as the threat of no electricity this week could cause athletic contests in several sports to be rescheduled.

Central Coast Section commissioner Duane Morgan reached out to Ron Nocetti, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation, to gauge how the rest of the state is handling the situation.

The unprecedented shutdowns could affect up to 278,000 customers in the Bay Area, PG&E announced Tuesday.

“It’s still a school site decision,” Morgan said, noting that some schools might have to consider playing during the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “We’re trying to get ahead of it a little bit.”


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The North Coast Section is keeping a close eye on the situation, too.

“As of now, each school site will determine the best course of action to take for their scheduled athletic contests,” NCS assistant commissioner Sonjha Phillips said in an email. “The NCS has suggested that teams work with their opponents to try to find an alternate location. Another option is to postpone contests until power returns. For football, teams can reschedule games for Monday.”

Both sections went through weeks of rescheduling last fall as smoke from the deadly Camp Fire near Chico caused poor air quality throughout the Bay Area.

The CCS moved football playoff games to the Southern end of the section, as far south as Salinas.

Most NCS football teams, given the choice of finishing the section playoffs or flipping a coin to determine which teams moved on to the state playoffs, elected to finish the section playoffs.

 

 

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