BUTTE VALLEY – Butte College will choose the sports plan for late spring that will make it possible for baseball, softball and athletics teams to have a season.
Butte interim athletic director Mario Vela said the schedules have not ended since the opt-in date for community colleges is February. 26. Vela said that Butte made the decision to sign up early.
Vela said that the competition will begin on April 10 and the season will run until June 23.
This will be the first time that baseball, softball and athletics teams can compete since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of sports at all levels of the competition.
“We are happy and we are very lucky,” said Butte baseball coach Anthony Ferro. “Our kids have worked extremely hard according to the rules.”
Athletes of every sport have been able to train through their kinesiology classes, Vela said. Other than that, they have not managed to keep practice out.
Ferro said his team has been particularly lucky since they have been able to train through the class since the fall.
However, it is still unclear what the Golden Valley conference might look like. Butte has to wait and see what other schools sign up for in February. 26. From there, travel and logistics will be determined.
The rules for travel, testing and contact tracking have not yet been announced by the California Community College Athletic Association.
“We are happy, but a little scared because we are not sure about the protocols yet,” Ferro said.
It is also still unclear whether public attendance will be allowed at stake. However, Ferro said his program is in the process of making sure that games can be streamed online via YouTube if fans are not allowed.