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SCIRF Announces 2021 Season Schedule

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SCIRF Announces 2021 Season Schedule

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The Southern California Interscholastic Rugby Federation league has announced how it will adjust its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SCIRF is a league of single-school boys HS teams that follow California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) regulations and usually plays from December through February.

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After the CIF shuffled various high school sports, the SCIRF coaches, after meeting with their athletic directors and getting guidance from the schools, have come up with a new schedule.

"SCIRF expects further guidance from CIF as schedules for other sports mature and issues surrounding the pandemic cleared up." said the league in an announcement. "Since CIF is planning full seasons for all sports, shifting to the below schedule allows those rugby players who also play football to enjoy both sports."

The league will shift to much later in the school year than usual. The 2019-2020 season began December 8 and finished up February 23.

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For this coming season, the league won't start until April. 

2020-2021 SCIRF Proposed Season
March 20 First practice allowed
March 27 Scrimmage week
April 3 Easter
April 10 First League game
April 17 Week 2
April 24 Week 3
May 1 Week 4
May 8 Week 5
May 15 Week 6
May 22 Week 7
May 29 Memorial Day
June 5 Playoffs
June 12 Championship

Other SCIRF initiatives to be introduced over the coming months include:

SCIRF will be hosting free Saturday morning rugby clinics in conjunction with the USA Men's National Team at Cathedral Catholic High School in accordance with established San Diego City, County and California State protocols.

Sponsorship for SCIRF has been obtained by league officials resulting in the elimination of many costs. 

With the ever increasing demand by college coaches for experienced and talented high school rugby players, SCIRF has entered into formal agreement with various College Rugby leagues to facilitate the recruiting process and exchange coaching information. Despite the current effect of COVID on the game at all levels, SCIRF coaches are seeing increased requests for information from numerous college coaches nation-wide.