Softball, boys tennis … take your place inside The Revival.
Following the Colorado High School Activities Association’s announcement Saturday that boys golf would return this fall, the rest of the high school sports scene has been anxiously awaiting their own fate for the 2020-21 school year. And on Wednesday, the decision for two more sports was unveiled as both softball and boys tennis were greenlit.
Practice for each starts Aug. 10 with competition as soon as Aug. 13.
“I’m happy we get a chance to compete and come together as a team,” Fairview tennis coach Chad Tsuda said minutes after his athletic director informed him of the news. “Now it’s trying to make sure we’re getting back to it safely and with precautions.”
CHSAA said it has been waiting on the approval of state officials after submitting its return-to-play plan. And the response … well, it’s at least felt like something of a slow burn.
Saturday, boys golf was OK’d for an Aug. 3 return with competition allowed as soon as Aug. 6.
Four days later, CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green reportedly shared the news about softball and boys tennis at its annual All-School Summit.
And per Wednesday’s release on CHSAANow.com, a decision on the remaining sports is expected by week’s end.
“The CHSAA office is anticipating a decision from the COVID-19 Response team on the remaining sports by the end of the week,” the release read. “That said, there is an understanding of the careful consideration that is necessary at the state level as everyone navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As with boys golf, softball and boys tennis will have to adhere to the new rules and regulations put in place amid the pandemic. Among them are new sanitation and equipment cleaning guidelines, as well as daily screenings, social distancing, and the use of masks.
CHSAA’s Ryan Casey also tweeted out general modifications.
Softball modifications: 16-game season, no regionals, state tournament (16-team brackets) will be Oct. 10. 12-player rosters per level.
Tennis: reduced number of matches/tournaments. Single-elimination regionals. State championships Sept. 25-26. No 3rd/4th place. #copreps
— Ryan Casey (@jryancasey) July 29, 2020
Softball will include a 16-game season, no regionals, a 16-team state bracket starting Oct. 10 and a maximum of 12 players on roster per level.
Tennis will have a reduced number of tournaments and matches, a single-elimination regional and state championships (Sept. 25-26) with no third or fourth-place matches.