IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox has provided a tentative timeline for spring sports, which comes on the heels of the association’s decision to cancel the boys’ basketball tournament (see below).
Here are some key points from Cox’s message:
Tentative Timeline for Spring Sports
• At this time, the first day of spring sports is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.
• Coaches may not practice with their athletes until May 2.
• Facilities will remain closed as well until May 2.
• Upon return students would need 5 practices on 5 separate calendar days to be eligible for the first possible contest on Friday, May 8.
• Spring schedules will not be addressed at this time. As we approach the May 1 date and it appears favorable for a return at that time, we will work on the schedules.
• Obviously, this can and may change at any time.
IHSAA boys basketball state tournament canceled
Following Thursday’s directive by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announces that this year’s IHSAA boys basketball state tournament is officially canceled.
“It is with great sadness and disappointment that we inform Hoosiers of the cancellation of the remaining games of the 2020 IHSAA boys basketball tournament series,” said IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox. “While the Association maintained every hope of continuance, it is now evident those hopes are now unreachable. Albeit there will not be regional, semi-state and state champions crowned across our four classifications, the heath and safety of our public remains paramount and our primary focus.”
Last Friday (March 13), the IHSAA announced the remaining games of the state tournament would be postponed beginning with the regional games due to the growing number of school closures. Any updates on the status of IHSAA-sponsored spring sports will be announced at a later time.
As always, the health and safety of IHSAA student-athletes are of utmost importance and the Association continues to remind its member schools and the general public to follow the guidance of the governor and the Indiana State Department of Health via IN.gov/coronavirus.