Most high school sports will be delayed to late winter, including football and volleyball

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Most high school sports will be delayed until late winter due to COVID-19 precautions, according to an announcement from the Colorado High School Sports and Activities Association.

RBC | The Colorado High School Sports and Activities Association (CHSAA) finally announced their schedules for the upcoming year, just six days before the season was to begin.

“I am disappointed that CHSAA is not offering students and parents the personal choice to participate during their official season but grateful that they will still have the opportunity to participate during the year,” said Meeker School District Superintendent Chris Selle. Beginning Aug. 10, boys golf, boys tennis, cross country, and girls softball will still be allowed to continue, and CHSAA is calling this Schedule A. 

All other fall sports have been moved to late winter.

“We got the information about an hour before everyone else,” commented Athletic Director Klark Kindler, “I am happy that the kids will get to play all the sports that they want and that there will be playoffs for all sports.”

When asked about still being allowed to practice and use the facilities, Selle commented that information had yet to be released from CHSAA, but he is hoping for an official bulletin for this revised season that is similar to the ones CHSAA has for all sports.

Both Kindler and Selle were asked how football will be played in Meeker in March, Kindler commented that “the information is brand new and there are many logistics to still consider to get these kids playing.” Selle is going to relay to CHSAA that half of the state is under two feet of snow during this time and football will be difficult and see if there are some alternatives.

Selle also said he “tried to advocate to allow for some differentiation across the state, but seems like what is decided on the front range is forced upon the rest of the state.”

There have been two videos released by the school, both reiterating that official school news and information can be found on the school’s Facebook page or by visiting the school’s website or by calling. Selle said that the “school district is going to do what we can to provide for the kids, make their education experience as positive as possible, which includes what is learned while participating in extracurricular activities.”

Here is what CHSAA released for sports schedules, these are only the sports that pertain to Meeker and/or Rangely High School (MHS and RHS), these schedules are times when competition will begin, practice will be earlier.

Schedule A – Aug. 10 to Oct. 7
Boys Golf
Girls Softball
Cross Country

Schedule B – Jan. 4 to March 6
Spirit Cheer and Dance
Girls Swimming

Schedule C – March 1 to May 1

Schedule D – April 26 to June 26
Girls Golf
Girls Soccer
Boys Swimming
Track and Field

There are some additional details for schedules currently available on the CHSAA website, and once those are known specifically for both MHS and RHS we will publish those when the seasons are about to begin.

By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times