Author of the article: Polansky said the AIA executive board typically only meets once a month, so a special meeting will probably be called soon to make a final determination on a potential postponement and a timetable. Some of the private schools or Catholic schools are practicing, but it just doesn’t make much sense to me to prepare my kids, and then get them ready to play and then they can’t compete. The Arizona Interscholastic Association is weighing a recommendation to postpone the start of the winter sports season. “We will continue to monitor metrics and adjust as needed for all our student athletes to compete and have a safe return to play,” Sequoia Pathway athletic director Glen Hale said. No out-of-state competitions will be allowed. The information and statistics gathered at this meeting will be shared with the Executive Board at a meeting yet to be determined for a vote. 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Politics | To comply with mitigation efforts from Governor JB Pritzker that start on Friday November 20, the IHSA Board issued guidance “to pause all IHSA winter sports and activities by November 20.”. By. As a result, the earliest allowable first date of practice for baseball, softball and track has been pushed to Feb. 15. more categories». That is all being pushed back a month, thanks to COVID-19. “Right now, we’re saying go ahead and practice as usual,” Polansky said. PHOENIX – The Arizona Interscholastic Association recommended postponing the start of winter high school sports such as basketball, wrestling and soccer to its executive board Monday, possibly pushing the start of those sports into January. 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Tucson Weekly | Community Info | Open Gyms: Are paused and cannot be conducted at this time. The NHL is continuing to re-shuffle their 2020-21 schedule. You can’t share balls, you can only have a limited number of kids on the floor at one time, and those kind of things make it very restrictive to have a full and meaningful practice. In Arizona, the winter season of the high school sports year typically start the first of December, even earlier if Thanksgiving weekend tournaments are included. “I think we had a good returning team and a good shot at repeating,” said Gino Crump, the basketball coach for defending 6A state champion Desert Vista. How much contact there is between the athletes and how much interaction there is between bench personnel and other personnel within the gym (is the bigger concern). Ste. Fans cheer on the Prescott boys basketball team as they host Bradshaw Mountain on Feb. 7, 2020. or submit a news tip, All content © 2000 - 2020, KVOA Television, Inc. All rights reserved. EDITOR'S NOTE: For a related story, click here. No scrimmages, invitational tournaments or region tournaments will be allowed. Media | Perfect for outdoor…, KVOA Television “Delaying the start of the season will give our coaches and administrators time to implement safety protocols and put sports modifications in place. The Maricopa High School boys' basketball team in action in 2018. 2020 Winter Sports Modifications - Winter Soccer; 2020 AIA Fall Soccer Tournament Guide; AIA MaxPreps Roster and Stats Instructions; Dropped ball procedure amended in high school soccer; Conference & Region Recognition Voting Process; How to Sanction an Invitational Meet; NFHS GUIDELINES ON HANDLING PRACTICES AND CONTESTS DURING LIGHTNING OR THUNDER DISTURBANCES ; 2018 AIA … Fun in General | No fans will be permitted until metrics are appropriate. For girls, the list includes bowling, competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, gymnastics and basketball. Arts and Culture | Hines added the executive board felt it was necessary to “fight for these students” by giving them a chance to still play the season. -No fans will be permitted until metrics are appropriate. On Tuesday, Pritzker said all youth indoor sports should be put on hold. “Delaying the start of the season will give our coaches and administrators time to implement safety protocols and put sports modifications in place,” Hines said. -All winter sports modifications are required. 184. 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Originally Published: November 19, 2020 5:49 p.m. School districts that have already begun winter sports practice will be allowed to continue to practice until the executive board votes, according to Polansky.
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