Per Governor Holcomb's COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon, all Indiana schools k-12 will remain closed until at least May 1st. Things may be reevaluated sooner than this time with the potential of schools closing through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
What does this mean for the spring sports season? Well right now, things are are still looking like they could happen. Following the governor's announcement, the IHSAA sent the following message to member schools
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Good afternoon. With today's announcement from Governor Holcomb closing all Indiana schools until at least May 1, 2020, we are announcing the following adjustments to the spring athletic seasons.
Currently, we still intend to stage an abbreviated spring sports program. The provisions to follow are contingent upon a return to school including approved gatherings of multiple students by May 1, 2020. From this point forward until May 1, 2020, all IHSAA spring sports (Track & Field, Unified Track & Field, Softball, Baseball, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis) are now to revert to IHSAA By-Law 15-2. During School Year Out-of-Season. This allows parents and students to make an independent determination to seek activity that is non-school sponsored while schools are out of session. This is NOT an invitation to begin a limited contact period or conditioning which is school sponsored and against the directive of our Governor. If we are able to resume on May 1, 2020, the number of separate days of practice necessary to participate in any interscholastic event, including contests shall be set at five (5).
We trust these accommodations allow our students the ability to maintain a certain level of fitness during this time of school closure and hopefully return to competition yet this spring. We appreciate and thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. Be safe and healthy.
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The IHSAA has done a great job thus far with waiting until absolutely necessary to cancel events. With the boys basketball tournament officially being cancelled other events could very well follow. At this time it looks like the only state that has cancelled their spring sports is Kansas. The decision to delay any immediate decision on spring sports leaves hope among athletes and coaches, but also leaves them in a world of unknowns.
Right now we are looking at just two options, cancel the spring sports season or attempt to salvage what would remain of the season come May 1st if schools are allowed to return. If schools do return May 1st it appears, athletes will have just about 2 weeks to prepare for the beginning of the state tournament at this time.
We will update as soon as more information becomes available.