All Colorado high school spring sports suspended due to COVID-19 concerns; Moffat County postpones additional activities
The Colorado High School Activities Association has suspended all spring sports and activities until Monday, April 6, due to the concern of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release issued Thursday, March 12.
CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said in the release the suspension, effective Friday, March 13, includes all practices and competitions, leaving the decision to practice or compete on Thursday in the hands of local school districts. CHSAA will monitor the situation in the coming weeks to determine when the season will resume, if at all.
Following the announcement by CHSAA, Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School put out a joint statement to alert parents.
MCHS Athletic Director Bobby Howard stated that in addition to halting spring sports, upcoming events at the school have been postponed, such as a Friday night open house for the robotics program and all performances of the spring play “Clue.”
With Moffat County School District’s spring break coming up, the drama department is aiming to reschedule performances for April.
Howard said that while the directive is inhibitive for athletes — with Bulldog teams scheduled for multiple road events this weekend to start the spring season — he and MoCo coaches understand the need.
“It’s a frustrating thing to face, but we understand that we’re trying to participate in the stop of the spread of this virus,” he said. “Everybody’s in the same boat we’re in. I’ve never seen something like this for a disease or an illness. I’ve only seen it for something weather-related shutting things down but nothing of this magnitude.”
Routt County schools were also receptive of the CHSAA decision.
“I think it was a collaborative decision made, and I think it’s probably in the best interest of our students and our schools,” said Hayden Athletic Director Bryan Richards. “I think CHSAA has worked quite a bit with a lot of the state agencies and made a conservative decision for our schools, which is important.”
Additionally, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association is canceling all sanctioned and scheduled events starting Monday, March 16, including the ski jumping and Nordic combined Rocky/Central Regional Championships that were slated to take place March 17 to 21 at Howelsen Hill.
According to the USSA website, participants of effected events will be contacted regarding refunds of entry fees.
The ongoing U14 Alpine regional championships will continue at Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill and conclude March 14. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will still host the Slash & Burn banked slalom at the resort March 13 and 14.
If sports do resume after April 6, the season will be cut down to about a month, making an already short, snowy spring season even shorter.
“I think it will definitely present some challenges,” Richards said. “I think some students will continue to be committed on their own.”
Hayden was scheduled to host a middle school wrestling tournament this weekend, but Richards said the middle school activities will mirror CHSAA and will be suspended until further notice.
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