RBC | Rio Blanco County schools had already determined they would remain closed and use distance learning to finish out the school year, but Gov. Polis made that official for all Colorado schools this week.
Following that announcement, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) made its decision to cancel the spring sports season, and all CHSAA sanctioned events entirely through June 1.
In a press release Tuesday, CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said, “We have proceeded with cautious optimism, holding on to a thread of hope that the spring season would be able to realistically resume, knowing that the health and safety of our sports communities would dictate our course of action. It was our hope to be able to create the memories because we understood what it meant to our high school communities — especially seniors — statewide.”
The Sports Medicine Advisory Committee stated: “It would be impractical and irresponsible for the Association to move forward with a spring season in the next weeks or even the summer months.”
All performances, festivals, competitions, regular season and culminating CHSAA-sanctioned spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season, ending on June 1, are canceled. According to the press release, after June 1, all decisions regarding student and coach contact, virtual workouts, virtual tryouts and eighth-grade contact will be made at the local level.
“Our hats are off to the many seniors that have shown maturity and resolve as their culminating year of high school has been impacted beyond activities and athletics due to this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will not be forgotten,” Blanford-Green stated in the release.