IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox released a statement regarding the spring season. Effective immediately through Friday, May 1 all athletes shall revert back to “in school, out-of-season” status which allows athletes to find ways to work on their game just as they always would prior to the season beginning. To repeat, through May 4, spring athletes are considered “out of season.” This will allow some athletes to get in shape and work out (where and if even possible). It should be added that all are expected to follow the direction set by Governor Holcomb. In short, stay safe!
You can also get in shape by getting out on your own and working out away from others! Find another person to play catch with if planning on playing a winter sport. Exercise and get in shape however you can that is safe. Obviously, there are things you can do in the home.
If we get to May 4 and return to school, the IHSAA has reduced the number of days of practice for all athletes to 5. This will allow the season to start one week earlier than normal. Please note that this was only done, due to the circumstances, to give our spring sports kids a chance to have a season.
A big thanks to the IHSAA for working hard to try to pull this off if they can.
Here is the full release from Commissioner Cox:
Good afternoon. With today’s announcement from Governor Holcomb closing all Indiana schools until at least May 1, 2020, we are announcing the following adjustments to the spring athetic seasons.
Currently, we still intend to stage an abreviated spring sports program. The provisions to follow are contingent upon a return to school including approved gatherings of multiple students by May 1, 2020. From this point forward until May 1, 2020, all IHSAA spring sports (Track & Field, Unified Track & Field, Softball, Baseball, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis) are now to revert to IHSAA By-Law 15-2, During School Year Out-of-Season. This allows parents and students to make an independent determination to seek activity that is non-school sponsored while schools are out of session. This is NOT an invitation to begin a limited contact period or conditioning which is school sponsored and against the directive of our Governor. If we are able to resume on May 1, 2020, the number of separate days of practice necessary to participate in any interscholastic event, including contests shall be set at five (5).
We trust these accommodations allow our students the ability to maintain a certain level of fitness during this time of school closure and hopefully return to competition yet this spring. We appreciate and thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. Be safe and healthy.