TWIN FALLS — The Idaho High School Activities Association announced March 16 that all sanctioned sports and activities in the state would be suspended from Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5 amid the threat of COVID-19.
In a news release to member schools and media organizations, the IHSAA said that the association’s state cheer and dance championships, which had already been postponed, is canceled and will not be rescheduled. The state debate championships, which were scheduled for this past weekend, have been postponed but not yet canceled.
Per the release, member schools are not allowed to conduct practices in any sanctioned sport at any location. Teams are not allowed to hold meetings or use a school’s athletic facilities.
The release also said that the suspension has been placed in hopes that the spring state tournaments can be held on their normal dates in mid-May. The dates for those state tournaments will not be extended.
“When you’ve got the professional teams doing it and the college team doing it, you have to do it here,” Burley High School athletic director Randy Winn said. “The problem you’ve got is transporting all of the kids on a bus for away games. They’re all in close proximity to each other, and that’s probably not the best.”
Many of Idaho’s schools were beginning to cancel upcoming sports and activities over the weekend and throughout Monday morning before the IHSAA memo came out.
The NJCAA also announced Monday that all of its remaining sports for the academic year, which include winter championships and spring seasons, have been canceled. This means that the College of Southern Idaho’s baseball, softball, rodeo and track seasons are over effective immediately.
Any student-athlete involved in a spring sport will not be charged a year of participation, the NJCAA said. On and off-campus recruiting is also banned until at least April 15.
“As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition,” NJCAA president and CEO Christopher Parker said in the release. “We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes.”
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