SHS & SMS Season B Sports Start Monday 1/18/21

Official Practices Start for Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer and Swimming
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Thank for your patience as we continue to navigate through this complex high school and middle school sports year while diligently advocating for our student athletes. I am excited that our kids have the opportunity to compete in the Season B. There will be challenges and I can guarantee you that it will look different. I want to encourage you to stay focused on who this is about, our kids. Currently state and local guidelines do not allow spectators into events. With that being said, I will continue to develop plans and request variances from our local authorities to show that we can safely allow spectators into our events. Trust that I am working for our school and community to make this happen. As we are going through this season, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or just want to talk.

I have some reminders for student athletes and parents:

- Masks are required at all times indoors even when actively participating. Obviously swimming and wrestling will look different.

- Students are required to have their temperature taken and symptoms checked before each practice and competition. 

- Please make sure your student athlete has their own water bottle.

- If your child is sick, keep them home.

- On travel days, the players will be required to travel in their uniform. Most facilities will not allow locker room access.

All SHS basketball games will be in the main high school gym and streamed via the NFHS Network. NFHS is accessed by subscription via this link:  The cost is $10. 99 a month or $69.99 a year. If you need financial support, please contact me directly.

For middle school basketball games, Middle School Athletic Director Stephen Crane is working on streaming all home games and possibly away games. He will get that information out as soon as the plan is in place.

This next bit of information is extremely important. Salida High Season B and SMS Boys Basketball official practices begin Monday January 18th. If your student athlete is already signed up in FamilyId you are on track. FamilyId registration is REQUIRED before a student can practice. FamilyId can be accessed via the link on the school sports page at  FamilyId is the official registration for Salida School District sports, used for attendance, trips, and COVID regulations, and also a messaging tool that we will use throughout each season. If you have any problems with the sign up or uploading a physical, their customer support is outstanding and easily accessible once on their site. If you still are having issues after speaking with customer support, please contact Brandy Coscarella for high school registration or Stephen Crane for middle school registration.

Thank you, again. By following the guidelines in place, we remain focused on what we can offer as we move into our first indoor sports in almost a year! Go Spartans.



Jim Coscarella

Athletic Director/Dean of Students

Salida High School


The below is some general information from CHSAA’s website regarding Season B for high school.  Middle school information will be made available through AD Stephen Crane and Head Coaches.



The following is a general overview of modifications which are being made to structure of a sport season in order to ensure the sports can comply with current national, state and local health guidelines.


Season B



  • All Classes: 14-game regular season.
  • All Classes: 12-game sub-varsity
  • Postseason 1A-3A: 24-team brackets.
  • Postseason 4A, 5A: 32-team brackets.
  • Masks must be worn during play.
  • Players are limited to 76 total quarters in the season, exclusive of overtime and post-season games.
  • State Tournament: No consolations in 2021.
  • Minimum 7 games played (pending COVID waivers) to qualify for playoffs.
  • League champions automatically qualify for the postseason.
  • CHSAA Seeding Index will determine at-large qualifiers in each class. These data points will be combined at the end of the season to create an overall ranking. To do this, data from each ranking will be added together, and then divided by four.
  • New Seeding Formula (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI) will determine the single At-Large qualifier (Bracket released Friday, March 12)



  • Teams can support their schools without doing anything participatory until the regular season begins on Jan. 18.
  • Masks will be worn at all times, except for 2:30 (or 3:00 for Gameday) of performance time at the state competition.
  • Teams are encouraged to work in pods or stunt groups to eliminate as much crossover as possible.
  • Continue to maintain social distancing during sideline cheer.
  • State competition: The competitive performance structure will not change. Things such as warmups, pictures, etc., may be changed due to venue.
  • The number of teams permitted to enter the state competition will not change.


Girls Swimming & Diving

  • 7 meet maximum regular season plus League (No individual or team minimum meet requirement)
  • Schools may only compete against teams within their own league during the regular season.  
  • All Meets must adhere to the local limitations around number of participants allowed indoors.
  • January 18 start of formal practice – January 25 start of competition (NO Scrimmages or Foundation Meets)
  • March 6 end of regular season – March 11-13 State Meet (TBD location and dates subject to change)
  • 20 qualifiers per event in each classification for the CHSAA State Meet (Timed Finals)
  • State Qualifiers will be based on time from the regular season (Top 20 in each event plus ties)
    • Max four entries per school per event
  • Athletes will arrive at established time prior to their event and the pool will be cleared at the conclusion of each event at State due to participant limits indoors



  • Regular season: 20 dual maximum. Tris and quads are allowed with a maximum of four teams in attendance.
  • Weight certification opens Nov. 1, must be complete prior to competition.
  • Regionals: Two-day format, 16-man bracket. The first seven weight classes will compete on the first day. The next seven weight classes will compete on the second day. Wrestlebacks will only happen from third round on.
  • The first and second placers will qualify for the state tournament.
  • State tournament: Eight-person bracket, full consolation. One-day format.
  • Team scores at both regionals and state will score placers 1-4.


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