States Still Holding onto Hope for Spring Sports Season

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Even as state high school athletics associations across the country shut down their operations for the rest of the academic year, and despite a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services report indicating that the coronavirus pandemic could span 18 months, some states are holding onto hope that at least part of their spring sports seasons can be salvaged.

AB Today is aware of at least seven states that, as of this writing, were looking to see the other side of spring sports suspensions. They include New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on the East Coast, California, Washington and Arizona on the West Coast, and Oklahoma in between.

“While the time may come when we have to cancel post-season events, today is not that day,” said California Interscholastic Federation executive director Ron Nocetti in a statement released Tuesday after meeting with the state’s 10 section commissioners. “In anticipation of further guidance and directives issued by federal, state and local government agencies regarding COVID-19, the CIF has not determined the future of spring sports events at this time and intends to reconvene with the 10 Section Commissioners on April 3 to revisit this issue. Pending that time, Sections will continue to confer with their local leadership and the State CIF will continue to monitor any directives and recommendations issued from the above entities.

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