CDPHE approves CHSAA Season B variance, moving start of season up
CHSAA and the CDPHE have agreed to allow Season B to move up to Jan. 18 just a few weeks after delaying the start of the season due to the rise in cases across the state
The Colorado High School Activities Association has announced that after meeting with CDPHE and state officials, Season B practices will be allowed to start on Jan. 18 following a variance request approval.
As a result of the variance approval, practices will start on Jan. 18 and games will start on Jan. 25. This is a change from the announcement on Dec. 7 that had Season B starting on Feb. 1 and had practices starting on Jan. 25.
CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green released a statement about the dates being moved up.
“For months, our office has been laser-focused on students and the safe resumption of high school sports and activities in 2021. The conversations with CDPHE and the Governor’s COVID Response Team to resume Season B sports have been intentional and assertive,” Blanford-Green said. “Though it has taken many late nights and weekends, we are thrilled that our student-athletes, member schools and local school communities have a resolution. Educationally-based athletics are a vital extension of the classroom.”
CHSAA says that they have scheduled meetings with athletic directors and coaches around the state in order to let them know how each sport will be implemented, starting on Jan, 4.
Basketball is the lone sport that has a set variance approved by the CDPHE for the time being. For now, the state is allowing games to have 24 players, coaches and trainers.
Other Season B sports such as spirit, wrestling, and girls swimming have not had full variances released yet.
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