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U.S. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who represents Porterville, issued a press release on Thursday, calling for the state to find a way for stude…

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Tuesday that without an updated youth sports guideline from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), fall sports are once again on hold. A new guideline is not expected until after Jan. 1, 2021. 

The news comes after another surge in COVID-19 cases were reported in both the state and Tulare County.

“Due to the continued surge in COVID-19 infections, the California Department of Public Health has postponed the issuance of its updated youth sports guidance,” the CIF’s press release read. “The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not expect the CDPH will issue any guidance allowing for schools to return to full practice and competition until after January 1, 2021, at the earliest. Thus, all full practice and competition start dates are officially on hold until updated guidance is issued.”

On Twitter, the Central Section (@CifCentral) also shared the CIF’s press release and wrote, “UPDATE: All practice and competition start times in the Central Section are on hold until we receive state return-to-play guidelines. We will continue to share updates as information is available.”

The efforts Job Lara makes to create an inclusive volleyball program were recognized in late October when the NuBreed Volleyball Club director was announced as a 2020 Diversity Award Recipient by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. 

“That’s exciting to be recognized at a national level for what we’re doing locally with the diverse group that we have, from Hispanic to African-American to Native American,” Lara said. “And as I told them, we’re many people but one tribe. It’s NuBreed.”

On Tuesday, AVCA released a press release to announce and congratulate all 40 recipients from across the nation.