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CHSAA announces further suspension on spring season

The moratorium has been extended through April 18

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The CHSAA has announced continued moratorium for spring sports until April 18.
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The sports world you may call your own is by now gutted or in limbo at the mercy of a global pandemic.

For those around the high school sports scene in Colorado, the situation continues to be fluid.

On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced further delays on the restart of the spring sports slate. After suspending the season last week to a potential return on April 6, the moratorium has been extended through April 18.

The alteration follows Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement from Monday that put into effect further restrictions on public gatherings for 30 days, going into effect 8 a.m. Tuesday. His order prohibited all on-site dining at restaurants and bars. It also called for the closure of all gyms, theatres, breweries, coffeehouses and casinos.

“In light of Governor Jared Polis’ announcement Monday afternoon, we are announcing that the Association will follow the guidelines that went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect for 30 days,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green was quoted in CHSAA’s press release. “This media and school advisory is to keep the membership apprised of the latest decisions from the CHSAA office.”

With the new date for the potential return of spring sports, CHSAA also stated that it “encourages schools to set stricter standards on student gatherings outside of the high school.” Adding, “this suspension means no practices or competition.”

Last week, the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. forced the NBA, MLB and NHL to suspend action, while the NCAA cancelled all college sports through the end of the school year, which included nixing the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, otherwise known as March Madness.

CHSAA then cancelled the remainder of the state basketball tournaments Thursday night, stating in a release:

“… the CHSAA office was informed by the University of Denver that the school would no longer be able to host the Class 3A state basketball tournament.

With uncertainty at all additional sites, including a state of emergency declaration by the City of Denver, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the remainder of all state basketball tournaments in all classes.”

Tuesday, CHSAA stated that it “will recognize individual participants from the CHSAA State Basketball Championships with a memento in the coming weeks to recognize their leadership and resolve during that week.”

It also announced that the CHSAA Hall of Fame ceremony scheduled on April 14 is cancelled. The CHSAA Legislative Council meeting set for April 15, meanwhile, was postponed pending changes in the state’s public gathering restrictions.