The high school spring season was officially ruled off Tuesday morning due to the ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
In a letter sent out by CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green via CHSAANow.com, the third-year head of the state high school athletic governing body said association was “holding on to a thread of hope” for a possible return, but to no avail.
“Around the nation, more than 30 other state associations have made the difficult decision to cancel their spring season,” Blanford-Green said in the letter. “We hoped that Colorado medical and health data would provide reassurances that we could go in a different direction. Unfortunately that will not be the case. The spring 2020 season is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting communities across the world.”
The cancellation comes a day after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis laid out plans to transition to “Safer at Home” guidelines starting Sunday, which include the cancellation of in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. Boulder Valley School District announced later Monday that spring sports would not happen in any capacity.
Pushing the spring season into the summer months is also out “even if federal or state guidelines are relaxed”, Blanford-Green said.
“We convened a meeting of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee on Monday evening,” Blanford-Green said. “The group came to a consensus, and stated: ‘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.’”
Through a process that has seen CHSAA suspend the spring schedule starting March 12 before pushing back possible starting dates throughout April, Blanford-Green said CHSAA “continuously sought advice from state leaders, medical professionals, educational administrators and facility managers at the state and local levels to assess the probability of conducting statewide events”. The ultimate decision was based on health and safety, she said.
“It is with this information — the inability to ensure operations under the protective guidelines, statewide accountability and public safety through all high school events — that the Association has cancelled all performances, festivals, competitions, regular season and culminating CHSAA-sanctioned spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season, ending on June 1,” she said. “… 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.”
CHSAA’s spring sports include baseball, girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming, girls tennis and track and field.
“Our hats are off to the many seniors that have shown maturity and resolve as their culminating year of high school has been impacted beyond activities and athletics due to this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,” Blanford-Green said. “The Class of 2020 will not be forgotten.”