Season One sports teams at Palo Alto High School are competing through March 16, according to Santa Clara Valley Athletic League guidelines.

Sports allowed in the purple tier include tennis, cross country, golf, track and field, and swimming and diving. The teams began practices on Jan. 19 and began matches on Feb. 16. Each sport is implementing COVID-19 safety precautions at competitions to ensure the safety of players and coaches.


“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to … enjoy whatever opportunities we have.”

— Nelson Gifford, Paly Athletic Director


Contact sports, which are not allowed in the purple tier, may hold athletic conditioning sessions, according to California Interscholastic Federation sports guidelines.

Paly Athletic Director Nelson Gifford says there are lessons to learn from to this year.

“I’m encouraging everybody to go out for whatever sports are available,” Gifford said. “If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to … enjoy whatever opportunities we have.”