All Colorado high school spring sports suspended due to COVID-19 concerns; USSA cancels future events
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. with information regarding the Steamboat Soccer Club.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Colorado High School Activities Association has suspended all spring sports and activities until Monday, April 6, due to the concern of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release issued Thursday, March 12.
CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said in the release the suspension, effective Friday, March 13, includes all practices and competitions, leaving the decision to practice or compete on Thursday in the hands of local school districts. CHSAA will monitor the situation in the coming weeks to determine when the season will resume, if at all.
“I think it was a collaborative decision made, and I think it’s probably in the best interest of our students and our schools,” said Hayden Athletic Director Bryan Richards. “I think CHSAA has worked quite a bit with a lot of the state agencies and made a conservative decision for our schools, which is important.”
Additionally, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association is canceling all sanctioned and scheduled events starting Monday, March 16, including the ski jumping and Nordic combined Rocky/Central Regional Championships that were slated to take place March 17 to 21 at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.
According to the USSA website, participants of effected events will be contacted regarding refunds of entry fees.
The ongoing U14 Alpine regional championships will continue at Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill and conclude March 14. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will still host the Slash & Burn banked slalom at the resort March 13 and 14.
If sports do resume after April 6, the season will be cut down to about a month, making an already short, snowy spring season even shorter. There have been no official discussions about extending the season into the summer months.
“If a determination is made on (April 6) that we’re going to continue with spring sports,” Steamboat Springs Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe. “I think we’ll have some ideas at that time how we’re going to move forward. Right now, we’re just reacting to what’s in front of us.”
Students will have to stay in shape completely independently, since schools cannot even hold open gyms or captain’s practices, according to DeWolfe.
Hayden was scheduled to host a middle school wrestling tournament this weekend, but Richards said the middle school activities will mirror CHSAA and will be suspended until further notice.
In an email sent out to effected players, the Steamboat Soccer Club announced that all training and games will be suspended through March 23.
This story may be updated.
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