There's little wonder, with the sports world reeling from the National Basketball Association's announcement the remainder of the season has been suspended, that the effects of such a decision has trickled down through many other major sporting venues to the prep sports scene as well. Since the announcement for the NBA's suspended season, college sports (including NCAA tournaments and March Madness leading to the crowing of a national champion) have been cancelled. Also affected by the Coronaviris pandemic were any sporting event held at large venues, such as Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, have either suspended or cancelled season.
Prompted by the announcement all NBA games had been suspended, the Colorado High School Activities Association followed suit with an announcement of its own concerning the ongoing 2020 State Colorado Girls Basketball Tournament this week at various sites in Denver. Early evening on Wednesday, March 11, the first announcement about the tournament, at all sites, stated the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was addressed in a meeting by CHSAA officials, with guidance from health officials, came to a painful decision that tournament games would be played without fans......no parents, grandparents, friends, or basketball enthusiasts of all ages. Later, near 10 p.m., more information was released informing coaches and families all team members listed on the team's gate roster could have four members of their family attend games. Not all family members were covered by the change in attendance policy due to a lack of team members in some instances, but, Delta High School was able to accommodate most, if not all, the basketball family members who had traveled to Denver to watch Delta's game against Pagosa Springs on Thursday, March 12, at 8:45.
Delta County baseball seasons, slated to begin Friday, March 13, with the Luke Oeltjenbruns Memorial Tournament, was cancelled. An announcement on Thursday from the office of the CHSAA, in response to recent developments with the COVID-19 situation, both state and nationwide, released a statement informing schools all sports practice and games, plus CHSAA sponsored events are to be suspended through April 6.