April 3, 2020
An Open Letter to Student-Athletes in San Diego
To all student-athletes,
As you have likely heard the most recent updates regarding covid-19 restrictions in California, you
know that school as we know it, will not resume for the remainder of the year. Your lives abruptly
changed a couple of weeks ago and I know that you miss being around your friends, having a daily
routine and playing the sport that most of you have loved since you were very young. You also
recognize now that with no schools open physically for the remainder of the year, we do not see an
avenue to resume the spring sports season.
The CIFSDS held out hope and worked on plans for some semblance of a season for as long as we
could. We contemplated and drafted different scenarios where we would have shortened seasons,
modified schedules with no playoffs and games with no spectators. But now that it has been
determined for good reason, that schools will not re-open, there is no scenario that allows us to
resume practicing and competing at this point.
I recognize that this is devastating news. I especially feel for the seniors on teams that will not be
able to compete for their schools again. Frustration, confusion and sadness are normal emotions in
this abnormal time and although I hope that you comprehend the gravity of our situation as a city,
state and country, it is also normal to feel badly for yourself. It’s okay to feel that.
But remember this: athletes understand adversity. You’ve all had to get past injuries, tough losses
and failure. You’ve doubted yourself when things haven’t gone your way. You’ve struck out, lost a
race you should have won or been beaten after having a big lead. Yet you still showed up for
practice the next day, you got in the batter’s box, the starting blocks, on the field, pool or court and
told yourself, I can do this…we can do this. As an athlete, you are better equipped to handle this
tough time than most. You’ve dealt with difficult situations and have overcome them. Remember
the lessons that you’ve learned in sports and use them. Just as you have done as part of a team, we
now must battle through this, stick together and do our part. Stay positive and know that we will
get past this and you will be stronger in every aspect of your life as a result.
Jerry Schniepp, CIFSDS Commissioner