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State high school sports organizations continue to monitor and
update plans for high school sports resumption during the summer months,
into the fall season and for the entire 2020-21 calendar.
most states canceled basketball championships and the coronavirus
pandemic wiped out the spring season, the focus of ensuring summer
conditioning, an on-time fall start and the
entire 2020-21 campaign continues to be a fluid, and sometimes divisive,
issue. Nearly all want high school sports to return, but the question
for state organizations and administrators remains how to move forward
We've seen states move forward
while some have already modified plans as spikes in COVID-19 cases
across some of the country have forced states to double back on
The National Federation of State High School
Associations has offered a 16-page guide to help states with the
possible reopening of athletics.
attempted to consolidate information about re-start and workout plans
for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, refreshing it as needed,
so the information below is as up-to-date as possible.
Alabama — Alabama High School Athletic Association met July 8 with its Fall Sports and Football Coaches’ Committees, as well as the state Department of Education on continuing re-opening plans. Recommendations from the meeting will be reviewed and offered up for approval at a July 22 meeting. Updates: www.ahsaa.com.
Alaska — The Alaska School Athletic Association opened its "out of season" and "open facility" policies on June 1, however coaches must have the approval of their school district and operate "any activities in accordance with all local and state health mandates." Updates: www.asaa.org.
Arizona — The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced it will delay the start of all athletics after Gov. Doug Ducey's recent executive order pushed back the school year start until Aug. 17. The governor's order was in response to a spike in the state's coronavirus cases. The high school football season was to start the weekend of Aug. 20. This delay will likely postpone or cancel at least 1-3 non-league or conference games. The AIA will send out surveys to principals to figure out when a proper date for sports to begin. Updates: www.aiaonline.org.
Arkansas — On July 7, the Arkansas Activities Association released a statement that is prepared to start up the fall season as planned "in accordance with regular AAA calendar." Those plans are "contingent upon compliance with all directives as issued by the Governor's office and Department of Health." The AAA's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the NFHS guidelines were also taken into consideration when making the announcement. ... Baseball, softball, track, gymnastics and swimming were allowed to practice on June 1 but with strict guidelines as laid out by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Among the many social distancing measures were face coverings, virus checkups, and no huddles or high fives. Updates: www.ahsaa.org. California —
California Interscholastic Federation, the state's governing body for
high school sports, announced June 12 that
July 20 is its cut-off date to determine if the season will be altered. "As
our member schools begin planning for the reopening of school," part of
the release read, "the CIF, in collaboration with our 10 sections, will
be determining by July 20 if fall sports will continue as currently
scheduled." With so many different directives from state governing, health and
education agencies, plus schools not clear when campuses will even open,
the CIF offered a 10-page guideline to a possible return
to physical activity and training. Many counties throughout the state allow limited training and gatherings with specific social distancing parameters. Updates:
The Colorado High School Activities Association lifted moratorium against in-person condition sessions between coaches and high school participants beginning on June 1. After that date, decisions regarding summer athletics and activities have been made at the local school district level. The CHSAA's administrative oversight for athletics and activities will resume when camps, clinics and fall sports practice dates are projected to begin. "This isn't recreational park play or a free-for-all," CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. "Our schools will face some challenges, no different than professional and collegiate sports to resume any level of student participation." Updates:
Connecticut — The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference moved into its second phase of re-opening on Monday, which would allow conditioning and skill development of 5-10 athletes for all sports up to three times per week. “This (second phase going forward) is a good sign based on the positive
trend that continues in Connecticut through the governor’s re-opening
strategy plan,” CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini said in a CTPost.com story. “The plan
right now is we will start fall practice as scheduled with football Aug.
17, and all the other sports on Aug. 27.” Updates: www.casciac.org.
The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association member schools announced July 2 that member schools may begin summer athletic activities under a regulation approved by the Department of Education. Member schools that have approval from their own district/school were allowed to begin workouts on July 6. Updates: www.doe.k12.de.us.
Florida — A newly formed Florida High School Athletic Association task force voted 8-7 on July 1 to recommend moving back fall practice to no earlier than Aug. 10. That would push back the football season to no earlier than Sept. 14. The FHSAA would need to approve the recommendation before it became official. This comes a week after the FHSAA said it was "optimistic" all
sports will open as scheduled with practice on July 27 and preseason
play beginning Aug. 12-15. As it stands now, Florida football regular season
openers are slated for as early as Aug. 20. The other fall sports: bowling, cross country, golf, swimming and diving and girls volleyball would also be delayed if the recommendation is approved. The task force's recommendation comes on the heels of recent significant spikes in COVID-19 cases in the state. .... On June 23, FHSAA executive director George Tomyn said during a virtual meeting: "The governor (Ron DeSantis) and commissioner of education (Richard
Corcoran) are very optimistic about schools opening as scheduled in the
fall. I'm also remaining optimistic. At this moment in
time, our staff is counting on a fall sports schedule that has already
been published." He also warned "That could change this afternoon at four o'clock, and that could change
this afternoon or tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. We know that's the
biggest issue that we have. It's the unknown, not knowing exactly what the case may be or what tomorrow may bring." Updates: fhsaa.org.
Georgia — The Georgia High School Association will allow intra-squad 7-on-7 competitions at practice on July 6 when teams return from the state's June 28-July 5 dead week. GHSA executive director Robin Hines told the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution that he endorses the state's sports-medicine advisory
council, which wants to ease restrictions on sports teams. Though 7-on-7 will be allowed it
takes place without pads, helmets or tackling. Voluntary summer workouts
continue in Georgia until July 27, when mandatory football practices
are scheduled to begin, followed by Aug. 1 for other sports. Tryouts for
volleyball, cheerleading and softball may begin July 6. "Our sports-medicine group feels that intensity can pick up,'' Hines
told Todd Holcomb. "Now quarterbacks can throw to wide receivers. Pitchers
can throw to batters with a catcher. Volleyball players will be able to
set and spike. We're just taking baby steps, trying to strive for
normalcy, while keeping as healthy as we can.'' Updates: ghsa.net.
Hawaii — The Hawaii High School Athletic Association in conjunction with its member leagues on the four major islands collectively agreed that all interscholastic practices be added to the list of suspended activities. The association and public health continue to monitor the situation weekly. Updates: www.sportshigh.com.
Idaho — The Idaho High School Activities Association and its Board of Directors continues to monitor the state's situation and have made no decision on fall sports. Updates: www.idhsaa.org.
Illinois — The Illinois High School Association announced July 3 that its Stage 2 Return to Play Guidelines were approved by the state Public Health Department (they were also changed to Phase 4 verbiage to match the state's Restore Illinois plan) The Phase 4 Guidelines allows teams, with local district approval, to
gather in groups of 50 coaches and students or less to conduct practices
or contests. IHSA coaches can conduct team activities on 20 contact
days between June 30 and Aug. 9. Updates: www.ihsa.org.
Indiana — The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced July 6 that offseason fall workouts would be allowed to begin despite Gov. Eric Holcomb's extended restrictions on restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in the state. Athletes are limited to 15 hours per week on campus until July 19. Locker rooms can't be used, formal competition is discouraged and contact not allowed. When students are not lifting weights or participating in an activity,
face masks should be worn. Coaches and other personnel are expected to
wear face masks always.. Updates: www.ihsaa.org.
Sports returned to the Hawkeye State as summer baseball and softball began, but not without a few bumps
. The state Department of Education allowed, beginning July 1, for offseason summer strength and conditioning to begin in conjunction with local district approval, and health, safety and social distance guidelines being mandated. Updates:
The Kansas State High School Activities Association allows summer strength and conditioning workouts to begin provided they follow the state's mandates of mask-wearing, no contact and social distancing. However, some schools have self-suspended workouts after players tested positive for COVID-19. Updates:
Kentucky — On June 1, fall teams could condition and organize in groups of fewer than 10 while practicing social-distancing rules. Beginning June 29, all sports can begin practices with up to 50 present as long as divided into groups of 10 with a coach. "High touch" fall sports like football, soccer and volleyball cannot conduct game-like situations and focus on conditioning and skill training. Updates: www.khsaa.org.
On July 6, Louisiana State Senator Cleo Fields asked state education leaders to suspend all high school athletic events for the fall semester. He's asking if a ruling could be made July 14 at a meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Louisiana School Boards Association. "Currently BESE does not have a rule in place to protect our student athletes," Field said in a statement. "I'm asking them to step up and take action to protect our children." Fields said the decision was much "too important to leave solely up to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association." ... On July 8, the LHSAA responded with a memo to its member schools, coaches and administrators: "Now, more than ever, we are reminded that our communities need high school sports. ... The LHSAA is fully committed to the safe return of high school athletics this fall. ... Reopening high school sports depends on all of us working together." ... In response to Fields, the Louisiana High School Coaches Association tweeted "The BESE board in (Louisiana) lacks the authority to shut down high school athletics. That letter from state senator Fields does not have any bearing on whether Louisiana plays high school sports. We are playing!" ...In early June, t
he LHSAA pushed back summer workouts from June 1 to June 8. Workouts can include groups as large as 25 student-athletes. Its summer guidelines
. A featured headline on the LHSAA website reads: "Hey, this is hard. Be safe. Stay healthy. When the time is right, we will all play again." Updates:
The Maine Principals' Association approved or discussed several measures around COVID-19 on May 7, including that some in-person instruction could be allowed starting July 6. "Starting on June 14 and continuing through July 5, coaches would continue to connect virtually with athletes but that all coaches would now be allowed to suggest sport-specific workouts. It is strongly recommended that the workouts be coordinated within the school to avoid overuse by the multi-sport athlete. ...Prior to July 6, a set of guidelines, aligning with recommendations from the Governor's office, the Maine CDC and the Main Department of Education, will be developed for what this in-person instruction might involve." Updates:
Maryland — On June 10, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon announced high schools can resume practice and training activities following the same guidelines previously put into place for youth athletics. She noted that all sports activities must align with health, safety and Maryland Schools Systems protocols. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association released a statement on June 11 noting fall-sport practices are scheduled no earlier than Aug. 12, but wrote "the re-engagement for students for the mental, physical and social-emotional well-being is extremely important. All school systems that chose to operate summer out-of-season school-based open conditioning, exercise, weight training, and non-sport specific student gatherings must be done in a safe and controlled environment." Updates: www.mpssaa.org.
Massachusetts — The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has formed a COVID-19 Task Force Sub-Committee under leadership of MIAA President Jeff Granatino, and set forth several guidelines through its website.
In its last announcement, the MIAA is "not planning on making any changes to the start date of the Fall 2020 season." Those start dates are Aug. 21 for football and Aug. 24 for all other sports. Updates: www.miaa.net.
Michigan — On June 15, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted restrictions on high school sports, and that activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities can resume, with social distancing guidelines in place. The Michigan High School Athletic Association had originally allowed summer rules to begin on June 1, provided that a statewide all-clear occurs. Updates: www.mhsaa.com.
Minnesota — The Minnesota State High School League approved training for coaches and athletes starting on June 15 and ending Aug. 7. Fall conditioning and practice is currently scheduled Aug. 17 but will look at the results of the summer programs and follow the guidelines set by Gov. Tim Walz before consideration of alterations to the fall season. Updates: mshsl.org.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association approved teams to resume athletic activities starting June 15 after a two week acclimation period
. Teams must follow any orders handed down by state and local government as well as its schools regarding COVID-19 precautions. Updates:
Missouri — The Missouri State High School Activities Association granted relief on summer limits on contact between coaches and students athletes. The Board voted to make the summertime dead period and summer limits on contact optional for the summer of 2020. According to a release "Member schools may allow teams to have more than 20 days of contact in which any coaching or instruction in the skills and techniques of any sport takes place." From MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn: "The first thing that needs to be clearly understood is that all decisions about anything summer-related — be it contact, access, practice, games, conditioning etc. — must first be approved, cleared and deemed safe by the CDC, state and local health departments, the Governor, and local mayors. The end of social distancing and 'safe at home' is still not clearly visible yet, and summer activities may not be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its own timeline." Updates: mshsaa.org.
Montana — Between June 1 and July 31, current Montana High School Association summer rules will be in effect. On August 1, the state will be back to out-of-season restrictions until fall sports practices begin. Updates: www.mhsa.org.
Nebraska — Beginning June 18, Nebraska School Activities Association schools were permitted to participate in camps, clinics and summer leagues in all NSAA sanctioned activities except basketball, football, soccer and wrestling, which are allowed open gyms with the restrictions. Since June 1, weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions have been allowed. Updates: www.nsaahome.org.
Nevada — The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association laid out summer season workout protocols based on the state's phase one re-opening. The summer will not begin before June 30. ... On June 9, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a declaration of emergency and left school sports reopening procedures "in accordance with guidance promulgated by the (NIAA)." Updates: www.niaa.com.
New Hampshire —
There are no new updates on summer activities or the fall season at the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, but does offer mental health support for all student-athletes in wake of COVID-19. Updates:
New Jersey —
Due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases, the New Jersey State
Interscholastic Athletic Association announced June 29 that it will delay its high school football
practice start date from Aug. 3 to Aug. 10. In addition, Week 0 games in New Jersey will be either canceled or
rescheduled. The regular season is now scheduled to begin Sept. 3-5, but that could
change as well as a NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Task Force meeting
is scheduled for July 13 to discuss possible further adjustments....On June 19, the NJSIAA unleashed return-to-play guidelines that will allow student-athletes to begin training in the first of what will be multiple phases while preparing for competition in 2020-21. Coaches in all sports are allowed to resume in-person contact for outdoor conditioning and drills with student-athletes beginning July 13, the new official start date for summer workouts, called the "summer recess period." According to NJSIAA chief operating officer Colleen Macguire: "These guidelines represent the first of a succession of steps toward meeting our return to play targets. But, it's important that we take a disciplined approach and stay mindful of health and safety concerns for all." Updates:
New Mexico —
The New Mexico Activities Association released a clear guideline for a return to play starting June 24. The guidelines are based on the public health orders set by the Governor of New Mexico and will be updated accordingly. Schools/school districts can implement a later start date and/or stricter guidelines. The summer 2020 programs are under the direction of the NMAA, which will govern coaches activities. See the document
New York —
On July 1, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association COVID-19 task force released a series of potential proposals
for the 2020-21 season, including football in the spring or not at all. These proposals serve as "starting point," or "framework" only. Besides addressing all safety concerns, state championship possibilities and attendance at games, the task force offered feedback on practice requirements, protocols if a student-athlete or coach becomes sick, screening for athletes/coaches, individual tournaments and potentially extending the spring season into July of 2021. Updates:
North Carolina —
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association lifted its dead period on June 15. Each individual school system is permitted to make its own decision regarding when to begin summer activities. Administrators were warned to prepare for the possibility of recurrent outbreaks while the NCHSAA works on developing policies. Updates:
North Dakota — In a June 24 Board of Directors meeting, the North Dakota High School Activities Association approved a report from the Return to Competition Committee that included guidelines for return to competition for extracurricular activities that will be aligned with the North Dakota Department of Public instruction's K-12 Restart Plan. A final draft of the restart plan, approved by Gov. Doug Bergum and the North Dakota Department of Heat, is slated for mid July. Updates: www.ndhsaa.com.
Ohio — On July 7, the Ohio Department of Health issued an executive order
allowing contact and non-contact competition to resume for all sports on
a short-term basis if teams agree to a certain set of guidelines. The
message was delivered by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted
during their daily press conference and via Twitter. The
health guidelines include testing players and coaches for the COVID-19
before and during competition along with daily symptom assessment,
strict social distancing by players not actively engaged in practice or
competition, and immediate isolation and medical care for a participant
who develops symptoms. Athletics trainers are to wear masks while they're "strongly recommended" for coaches and officials. ...On June 18, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that contact practice may resume as early as June 21. "This
means basketball, football, lacrosse and other contact sports can
resume scrimmages and full training regiments as long as the safety
protocols are observed," Husted said. ... According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association 2020
football calendar, coaches can begin running players through practices
Aug. 1 with the first regular season games scheduled for Aug. 24. Updates: www.ohsaa.org.
Oklahoma — By a vote of 7-6, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors May 22 voted down the organization's three-phase plan for sports and activities to return with COVID-19 restrictions on June 1. According to FOX23.com in the state, that means no social distancing guidelines or COVID restrictions are in place starting immediately, although those issues will be revisited on June 9. Updates: www.ossaa.com.
The Oregon School Activities Association Executive Board met June 5 and developed guidelines for Phase 2
regarding summer activities, largely recommending all general rules laid out by the Oregon Health Authority through June 30 and directives from Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon Department of Education. Updates:
Pennsylvania — On June 10, Gov. Tom Wolf released guidelines how high school athletes, among others, how operate amid COVID-19. Broken into color-organized regions, Wolf's plan mandates occupancy levels while maintaining social-distancing protocols. Updates: www.piaa.org.
Rhode Island — On June 24, Gov. Gina Raimondo laid out a plan for youth sports, among other activities once Phase 3 begins. No-contact and low contact sports will be able to play games between "stable groups," with no limit to group size. Raimondo left the door open for the return of fall sports at the high school level, stating that the Rhode Island Interscholastic League would be back later in the summer "with new rules around how students can play once school starts up again." Updates: www.riil.org.
South Carolina —
Phase 1 guidelines
for safe workouts was presented by the South Carolina High School League on June 4, along with how to handle positive COVID-19 cases and signs for symptoms. With a spike in cases throughout the state, an Accelerate ED Task Force on June 22 left it up to the SCHSL to figure out guidelines for practices and games. Phase 2 and Phase 3 guidelines have yet to be released. The first football games scheduled are the weekend of Aug. 20-22. Updates:
South Dakota —
There are no updates on the South Dakota High School Activities Association website concerning the summer and fall after it closed down the spring sports season on April 6. A June 11 Board of Directors meeting took place, but results concerning COVID-19 were not immediately posted. Updates:
Tennessee — Football and girls soccer will not begin on time following the June 29 extension of state emergency laid down by Gov. Bill Lee. The extension now runs until after Aug. 29, even the full slates of Tennessee high school football games were scheduled as early as Aug. 21. Lee made strict contact sport restrictions for practice or any activities other than the college or pro level. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress then ordered there will be no contact practices in football, girls soccer, wrestling and basketball. The TSSAA is now working on regular and postseason schedule options to present to the Board of Control. Updates: www.tssaa.org.
On July 8, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) updated guidance on summer workouts and marching band activities. Among the updates
are an executive orders on facemasks, locker room access and protocol for those confirmed, suspected or exposed to COVID-19. ... On June 19, the Texas Association of Sports Officials said the Lone Star
State is going on with the fall season as scheduled, quoting the University Interscholastic
League (UIL) and Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
(TAPPS). Two days earlier, UIL officials communicated a similar
precautionary stance to most state high school sports governing bodies,
saying in a release: "The UIL will continue to work with state officials and
monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential
modifications for activities. Schools should take their local context
into account and should follow all local and state requirements when
considering UIL activities." ... The UIL and TAPPS rolled out football strength and conditioning programs in early
June. See story
The Utah High School Activities Association "remains optimistic that fall sports will commence as scheduled, but is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time," it released in a statement. "The UHSAA staff will continue to monitor any additional information provided by the Governor's Office and the State Superintendent's Office as it relates to interscholastic activities." Updates:
There are no updates on the Vermont Principals' Association website concerning the summer and fall after it closed down the spring sports season. On June 18, the Vermont Agency of Education offered guidance
to Vermont schools concerning COVID-19. Updates:
On June 19, the Virginia High School League released a list of guidelines
for the return to high school sports.
The guidelines are "recommended for use as school divisions develop their own specific requirements for the Phase II COVID Mitigation Health Plans for public schools," VHSL executive director John W. Haun said. Updates: www.vhsl.org.
On July 7, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board announced the start of the fall season would be pushed back, to Sept. 5 for football and Sept. 7 for all other sports. "The Board will continue to work with staff, member schools and state agencies to monitor the impact of COVID-19," the WIAA said in a release. The Board will make its next announcement on the fall season July 22. ... In conjunction with Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start Washington four-step plan for reopening the state, the WIAA released health guidelines
for a return to play high school sports. Updates:
Washington D.C. — The District of Columbia State Athletic
Association extended its summer dead period for athletes through July 24. "While we are eager for the return of high school athletics, it is not time for our student-athletes to return to the practice fields or competition," said DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said in a release. "We are continually monitoring the situation, but at the present the benefits do not outweigh the risks. It is important for all of us to stay safe and remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19." Updates: www.dcsaasports.org.
West Virginia — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice OK'd summer training for all high school athletes on June 8, and games could be played at the youth sports level June 22 in sports such as baseball and soccer. Updates: www.wvssac.org.
Wisconsin — On June 18, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association released 16 pages of guidelines that will resume athletic activities with coach contact on July 1. "Within what has been a rapidly changing and evolving environment, we've done our best to research, examine and assemble the best advice we could identify," WIAA executive director Dave Anderson said a release. "This mission and responsibility is larger than just sports." Updates: www.wiaawi.org.
The Wyoming High School Activities Association has no new updates concerning summer activities or the fall season on its website. Updates: