By Wayne Crick
A recent decision from the Colorado High School Activities Association indicates that the in-person condition sessions between coaches and high school participants will be lifted beginning on June 1. After that date, decisions regarding athletics and activities through the summer months will be made at the local school district level. The CHSAA’s supervision will resume when camps, clinics and fall sports practice dates are projected to begin.
Rhonda Blanford-Green, the CHSAA commissioner, made it clear that lifting the in-person moratorium doesn’t mean everything is to return to what the norm was before the coronavirus invaded everyone’s lives. There will be similar challenges professional and collegiate sports have before them that must comply with safety standards acceptable to governing bodies.
“Our school administrators have assessed their local situations and have made the best decisions based on the safety and well-being of their students and school personnel,” said Blanford-Green.
Blanford-Green goes on to note that opening the country and states will take incremental steps which follow mandated and suggested guidelines. According to Blanford-Green, all schools have been provided recommendations which referenced national, state and health guidelines to assist the membership with resuming activities and athletics while prioritizing safety standards and protocols.
“Our students, coaches, schools and the association are ready to resocialize back to participation,” Blanford-Green said. “The importance of returning to education-based athletes and activities reaches beyond a contest or a perceived scholarship. It is about reconnection to our students — socially, emotionally and physically.”