The long awaited decision concerning to resume or cancel spring sports has been made. Though the final decision may have always been the season would be cancelled, many held out hope there might be some sort of an abbreviated spring sports competition across the state of Colorado. The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) reluctantly announced on April 21, the spring 2020 season is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The release stated CHSAA understood what a spring season for both academic and athletic activities held in terms of significant meaning for all high school communities, especially seniors in competition, statewide. The decision to cancel was based on constant contact with state leaders, medical professionals, educational administrators and facility managers at the state and local levels to assess the probability of conduction.
The April 20, announcement from Gov. Jared Polis indicated a transition to “Safer at Home” guidelines, which included the cancellation of in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. The decision to cancel spring season was a direct result of these new guidelines.
A meeting of the Sports-Medicine Committee on Monday brought about a consensus noting: “It would be impractical and irresponsible for the association to move forward with a spring season in the next weeks or even the summer months.” The association has cancelled all performances, festivals, regular season and culminating CHSAA-sanctioned spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season, ending on June 1. In addition, the association will not sanction or conduct events after June 1. Local school districts will determine building usage during this time, and after June 1.
After June 1, all decisions regarding student and coach contact, virtual workouts, virtual tryouts and eighth-grade contact will be made at the local level.
The battle is not over. What lies ahead is uncertain, and the CHSAA is turning its attention to the approaching fall season. Everyone’s fingers are crossed with hopes the association will be able to conduct a fall season with some level of normalcy.