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There appears to be a break.
This comes after Louisiana and Indiana had already rolled out more summer conditioning dates last week.
With all but a handful of state associations forced to cancel basketball championships, and then all 51 dropped the spring season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the focus now for all administrators, health officials, student-athletes, parents and high school sports fans is clearly on summer conditioning, the fall and the entire 2020-21 sports campaign.
Here are state-by-state thumbnail updates moving into the coming months.
In its latest COVID-19 update, the Alabama High School Athletic Association is still working on contingency plans for the summer and fall. It was encouraged by the comments of Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, who said last week that he is "hopeful" schools will reopen campuses on June 8 and start the 2020-21 school year as planned. Updates: www.ahsaa.com.
Alaska — The Alaska School Athletic Association has opened up its "out of season" and "open facility" policies starting 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.
On May 28, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said schools will reopen from the
COVID-19 shutdown in August, summer schools that operate year-round and
summer day camps can open in June, youth sports are eligible to begin
immediately. ... On the same day, the Arizona Interscholastic Association
Executive Board endorsed a set of
produced by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for what a safe
return to competition could entail. ... AIA
Executive Director David Hines told azpreps365 that "we are not
guaranteed to have a fall season. We are preparing to be ready on time,
but it will all depend on how this situation develops as the summer goes
on. We just ask that schools, coaches, players and parents consider and
utilize the guidelines until we get back to normal." Asked
if high school football will begin in August, Hines told Arizona
Republic's Richard Obert: "I'm hoping. This has been really frustrating
for kids not being able to play. The safety of the communities are very
important. I certainly would love to have the opportunity for the kids
to get back to competing and being able to watch them play. We have to
wait and see how things go in the next month." Updates: www.aiaonline.org.
Arkansas — High school sports are still suspended in the Razorback State, but according to arkansasonline.com, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences issued guidelines last week advising schools on how to proceed with the pandemic when play resumes. Speculation is high school activities will resume on June 1, but that depends on Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his medical team. Updates: www.ahsaa.org.
With 10 different governing sections, and every county in the state given different COVID-19 reopening orders, the California Interscholastic Federation (www.cifstate.org) has many challenges. Said Executive Director Ron Nocetti: "We're taking cues from the governor's office, the California Department of Education and state and local public health departments. Believe me when I say the CIF and all 10 of our sections are working on contingency plans considering every possibility. Once we have a date when we can go, we'll roll out the plan of action." ... This week in the Northern Section, a pair of football programs tweeted plans for opening summer conditioning, prompting a letter for NS commissioner Elizabeth Kyle that in part read: "There will likely be a variation in what activities are allowed to be played and held by the individual local school districts (which) will need to determine how they will safely resume extra-curricular activities, including athletics." ... Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod addressed his 563-school (bigger than all but nine states) membership this week by immediately speaking to COVID-19 concerns/adjustments: "The decisions to repoen our schools, and subsequently bring back athletic programs after they started their academic year, will be made entirely by each local Superintendent/School Board from a public school district or each private school Head of School/School Board who have the authority to make those decisions." Updates: www.cifstate.org.
The Colorado High School Activities Association is lifting the moratorium against in-person condition sessions between coaches and high school participants beginning on June 1. After that date, decision regarding summer athletics and activities will be 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: www.chsaanow.com.
Connecticut — In its May 7 Board of Control meeting, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference issued new out-of-season rules for one year that include: "Virtual coaching for spring sports through May 31 and starting June 1, all coaches will be permitted to have virtual contact, which includes skill instruction and conditioning, until Aug. 17, provided it is a non-school affiliated program." For the fall, "any incomplete grades will be considered a passing grade until the end of the first marking period." Updates: www.casciac.org.
Delaware — The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association has not offered updates since cancelling its spring season earlier this month, and says it will use the upcoming months to continue to assess "the impact COVID-19 to spring sports, summer activities and the 2020-21 sports seasons." Update: www.doe.k12.de.us.
Florida — The Florida High School Athletic Association announced that starting June 1, schools can begin conditioning, but this is a district-by-district decision. The FHSAA emphasizes that that member school follow federal, state, local and CDC recommendations and guidelines in all cases. Updates: fhsaa.org.
Georgia — The Georgia High School Association said in its latest (May 14) report that numerous reports of a return to football practice are "fake news. We are meeting with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and gathering information from many different sources. We are hopeful for a measured return with restrictions in June and hopefully the data will continue to support this effort. … Until that time, all GHSA sports and activities are suspended." Updates: ghsa.net.
Hawaii — The Hawaii High School Athletic Association has given no updates since canceling spring sports on April 17, but reports that its executive board is evaluating COVID-19 public health threats weekly. All interscholastic activities, including practice, have been suspended until further notice. Updates: www.sportshigh.com.
Idaho — The Idaho High School Activities Association and its Board of Directors said it will "continue to have conversations regarding the fall no contact period and eligibility concerns that have been raised by member schools over the past few weeks. .. The IHSAA Board's highest priority will always be ensuring the health and safety of our student participants, schools and patrons. ... We look forward to getting together and playing when the time is right and it can be done safely." Updates: www.idhsaa.org.
Illinois — The Illinois High School Association celebrated its seniors last week in a "We are in this Together" campaign. As far as future months ahead, the IHSA has suspended contact days for the summer and noted on its website, that "if state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. … summer contact guidelines will be posted." Updates: www.ihsa.org.
Indiana — The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced May 8 that school sponsored activities are scheduled to resume July 1 — making the Hoosier State the first to pronounce prep athletic activity. From the IHSAA release: "Provided there are no adjustments to Governor Eric Holcomb's announced plans to re-open the State of
Indiana, school sponsored summer activities may resume on July 1, 2020." Updates: www.ihsaa.org.
Iowa — After the backing of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday, the Iowa High School Athletic Association approved the reopening of school facilities and the start of practices for Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and IHSAA sanctioned summer sports starting on June 1. That means softball and baseball — summer sports in Iowa — can begin playing contests as early as June 15 and fans will be permitted at games. Member schools are to follow the guidance of "Summer Sports" and "Use of School Facilities" as supplied by the IHSAA and several health and education organizations. Updates: www.iahsaa.org.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association stated the state's 1.5 phase for re-opening the state does not impact the KSHSAA's summer guidelines which begin June 1. "The KSHSAA will continue to monitor any future government orders related to COVID-19 to ascertain if and how they impact the KSHSAA summer guidelines. Any changes/revisions will be communicated to member schools." Updates: www.kshsaa.org.
Kentucky — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association updated all its guidelines for May 1-31 but nothing concerning the summer and fall at this time. Its website noted that "policies will be reviewed regularly" for extensions or revisions as deemed necessary. Updates: www.khsaa.org.
Louisiana — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted unanimously last week to push back summer workouts to June 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Football workouts and other conditioning originally were set to return Sunday to coincide with Gov. John Bel Edwards' Phase 1 plan to reopen the state. But the LHSAA decided more time was needed and now the workout return will coincide with Phase 2 of Edwards' reopening. Workouts can include groups as large as 25 student-athletes. Updates: www.lhsaa.org.
Maine — 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. "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: www.mpa.cc.
Maryland — No summer activities or the fall seasons have been updated on the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association website since announcing the spring season was officially closed on April 28. Updates: www.mpssaa.org.
Massachusetts — The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has not made any changes to its plan for the fall sports season after shutting down the spring sports season on April 24 by virtue of the order from the governor's office to close the remainder of the school year. Updates: www.miaa.net.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association will allow summer rules to begin on June 1, provided that a statewide all-clear occurs. Updates: www.mhsaa.com.
The Minnesota State High School League notes that fall and winter coaches may not provide any virtual coaching at this time, however they may connect with student athletes and provide general information. Updates: mshsl.org.
Mississippi — On May 21, the Mississippi High School Activities Association approved teams to resume athletic activities starting June 1, however teams will not be allowed to compete against each other this summer. Teams must follow any orders handed down by state and local government as well as its schools regarding COVID-19 precautions. Updates: misshsaa.com.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has 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 option for the summer of 2020. 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 1, Nebraska School Activities Association schools are permitted to open weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions. 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. 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: www.nhiaa.org.
New Jersey —
In a statement last week, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, in its 100th season, noted that "the organization is developing various scenarios and plans related to a potential fall return to school and sports." From May 11 to June 15, the NJSIAA "will permit all school district-approved coaches to have virtual contact with all current high school student-athletes." Updates: www.njsiaa.org.
New Mexico —
In the latest weekly question-and-answer session with New Mexico Activities Association Executive Director Sally Marquez, she was asked about the likelihood of the fall sports season taking place. She said: "I'm hopeful. We will continue to work with the Governor's office and the Public Education Department and whatever we can do to have fall sports, we are going to do. But we have to stay within the Governor's guidelines as well." Updates: www.nmact.org for complete Q&A.
New York — On May 7, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association provided answers to frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19 and the future. Among the questions and answers: "What is NYSPHSAA doing to respond to membership concerns related to the COVID-19 crisis?" Answer: "The NYSPHSAA is convening a task force to examine potential impacts of the crisis on the fall 2020 season and the 2020-21 school year." See entire Q&A at www.nysphsaa.org.
North Carolina — There are no updates on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association website concerning the summer and fall after it closed down the spring sports last month. Updates: www.nchsaa.org.
North Dakota — There are no updates on the North Dakota High School Activities Association website concerning the summer and fall after it closed down the spring sports season on May 1. Updates: www.ndhsaa.com.
Ohio — On April 30, the Ohio High School Athletic Association extended its no-contact period from May 1 to June 1 to "assist with Governor DeWine's stay-at-home order and to ensure the school facilities remain closed." Per an order from Amy Acton, the state's Director of Health, schools will remain closed to students until June 30. 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.
Oregon — Last week, Oregon School Activities Association Executive Director Peter Weber said in a statement that his organization's executive board will meet Wednesday to "review the latest information" from state health and safety organizations and get it to "schools shortly thereafter." OSAA schools and sports are currently suspended through May 25. Weber said contingency plans are in the works. Updates: www.osaa.org.
Pennsylvania — There are no updates on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association website concerning summer activities or the fall season after it closed down the spring sports season on April 9. Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 were given, including, "Has there been a decision made about fall sports?" Answer: "Fall sports are scheduled to begin as planned at this point. We will continue to monitor any additional information provided by the Governor's office, Department of Health or Department of Education as it relates to interscholastic athletics." Updates: www.piaa.org.
Rhode Island — There are no updates on the Rhode Island Interscholastic League website concerning the summer and fall after it closed down the spring sports season on April 24. Updates: www.riil.org.
South Carolina — The South Carolina High School League will follow the lead of Gov. Henry McMaster and allow workouts as early as June 1. Gatherings of more than 10 will not be allowed. The first games scheduled are the weekend of Aug. 20-22. Updates: www.schsl.org.
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. Updates: www.sdhsaa.com.
Tennessee — The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is letting educational, health and government agencies decide what time frame to allow fall athletes to condition and practice. "It is totally the decision of local Boards of Education, Directors of Schools, and/or Heads of School as to how much they are going to allow coaches to do face-to-face activities with their students," TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said in a statement. Updates: www.tssaa.org.
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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: www.uhsaa.org.
There are no updates on the Vermont Principals' Association website concerning the summer and fall after it closed down the spring sports season last month. Updates: www.vpaonline.org.
Virginia — The Virginia High School League has yet to allow out-of-season practice or any summer activity as it continues to follow protocol and guidelines set by the state governor. "We ask every member school to support the Governor's directives and the DOE during this time," a press release read. Updates: www.vhsl.org.
Washington — The state was one of the first to cancel in-person athletics and remains committed to keeping students, officials and fans safe. There's no timetable to return to action in the summer. Updates: www.wiaa.com.
Washington D.C. — The District of Columbia State Athletic
Association remains shuttered through the end of the school year after
it announced in March that all schools buildings would be closed.
West Virginia — The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission canceled all spring sports and the finals of basketball. There's no news on the WVSSAC's three-week summer practice period and the North-South weekend (June 12-13), featuring all-star basketball and football games. Updates: www.wvssac.org.
Wisconsin — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association allowed a one-time extension for athletic physicals. For fall sports in 2020, student-athletes that have had a physical within the past two years may receive an extension into the third year until they are able to get a physical with their primary care physician. Updates: www.wiaawi.org.
Wyoming — The Wyoming High School Activities Association has no new updates concerning summer activities or the fall season on its website. Updates: www.whsaa.org.