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Status of State Association Activity Restrictions

By NFHS on May 29, 2020 state news Print

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state associations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia suspended athletics and activities in March. As some state governments start to relax restrictions, state associations are looking ahead to when high school athletics and activities can resume.

Here is the latest information as the NFHS has it.

 

Alabama - Alabama High School Athletic Association member schools may re-open June 1, in accordance with Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Massey’s directive announced Thursday. “The AHSAA, its Central Board of Control, along with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), has updated its guidelines regarding summer activities,” Savarese said. “The biggest change is our schools may re-open on June 1, a week earlier than the June 8 date previously discussed. We are elated to have a definite date for our coaches and student-athletes to return to their schools where they can continue to experience valuable educational lessons through athletics.
Alaska - The ASAA “out of season” contact and “open facility” policies will go into effect on June 1, 2020. However, coaches must have the approval of their school district and operate any activities in accordance with all local and state health mandates.
Arizona - All sports are now considered out of season. All out of season rules in the handbook must be followed. 
Arkansas - No update
California - All 10 sections are working on contingency plans considering every possibility.
Colorado - The Colorado High School Activities Association has convened a specialized task force to discuss the return of athletics and activities. The CHSAA Resocialization Task Force will begin meeting in June. The purpose of the task force is to explore the many options on if, when or how, activities and athletics can resume for Colorado high schools.
Connecticut - Virtual coaching will be allowed for spring sport coaches through May 31, 2020. Starting June 1, all coaches will be permitted to have virtual contact, which includes skill instruction and conditioning, until August 17, 2020.
Delaware - No update
DC - No update
Florida - No update since April 20.
Georgia - The GHSA Board of Trustees voted late Thursday afternoon that football-related activities can restart June 8. The Georgia High School Association will open up conditioning for its member schools on June 8, 2020. The plan is restrictive and provides for conditioning only. As the data related to COVID-19 continues to improve, restrictions may be reduced after input from our health care professionals and guidance from our Governor. Please make every effort to follow the recommendations and restrictions included in the guidance provided.
Hawaii - No update since cancelling on April 17.
Idaho - No update but offered guidelines for schools for opening during Phase 2 of the state's plan.
Illinois - On April 21, the IHSA Board of Directors determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. 
Indiana - Activity suspended through June 30; Unless adjustment are made, following Governor's recommendations and will resume school sponsored summer activities on July 1.
Iowa - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that summer athletic seasons may be conducted for high school baseball and softball following a two-month activities suspension due to COVID-19. The announcement approved the reopening of school facilities and the start of practices for Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association sanctioned summer sports starting on Monday, June 1. Per the Iowa Department of Education, first contests may occur as early as Monday, June 15 and fans will be permitted at games. The IGHSAU Board of Directors and IHSAA Board of Control met after the announcement and both groups voted to approve resuming the 2020 summer seasons under Iowa Department of Education guidelines.
Kansas - Executive Order 20-32 on May 14 establishing Phase 1.5 to the Ad Astra Plan for Reopening Kansas does NOT impact the KSHSAA Summer Guidelines which begin on JUNE 1. The KSHSAA will continue to monitor any future government orders related to COVID-19 to ascertain if and how they impact the KSHSAA Summer Guidelines. Any changes/revisions will be communicated to member schools.
Kentucky - Beginning June 1, coaches can begin organizing with their players in groups of fewer than 10 in accordance with state social-distancing guidelines. These are informational meetings only with no athletic activity. Beginning June 15, coaches in all sports can begin having workouts of fewer than 10 people. Beginning June 29, all sports can begin practices with up to 50 present while still subdivided into groups of 10 players
Louisiana - Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee has unanimously voted to postpone all high school summer workouts until June 8. Under the original summer rules, sports programs would have been able to begin workouts May 17, but after meeting via conference call Wednesday, the committee voted to postpone the start.
Maine - At May 7 meeting, the MPA Interscholastic Management Committee voted to allow in-person instruction for summer activity starting on July 6, aligning with recommendations from government officials.
Maryland - No update since cancelling on April 28.
Massachusetts - Summer activity is not regulated by the MIAA. At this time Governor Baker has established phases that businesses and organizations should rely upon when evaluating reopening.Open gym and weightlifting are an individual school district decision based upon Massachusetts state directives and Governor Baker's phase in plans.
Michigan - Provided a statewide all-clear occurs, summer activity may resume. Currently, summer rules begin on Monday, June 1, 2020, when the four-player period ends. 
Minnesota - The Minnesota State High School League approved a June 15 starting date for summer training by coaches and athletes. Students participate in summer activity outside of the school on the conditions of waiver.
Mississippi - The Mississippi High School Activities Association decided May 21 to let teams resume athletic activities starting June 1, pending Gov. Tate Reeves’ upcoming announcement on when school facilities can reopen. However, teams will not be allowed to compete against each other this summer. When they return to work in June, teams must follow any orders handed down by state and local government as well as their school regarding COVID-19 precautions.
Missouri - On Friday, April 17, the MSHSAA Board voted to make both its summer dead period and summer limits on contact optional for 2020, though any activities would first need to be approved by local, state and national health officials.
Montana - June 1 – July 31 – current MHSA rule summer rules will be in effect. Local districts will determine the use and access to their facilities and it is up to the local school and coaches to follow any health requirements in place during this time for MHSA practices or one-on-one contests allowed by current rule. 
Nebraska - As a result of the Governor’s announcement on May 11, beginning June 1st NSAA member schools are permitted to open weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.
Nevada - Schools remain closed to all activity through at least June 30, 2020, per Governor's orders.
New Hampshire - No update since cancelling in April.
New Jersey - The NJSIAA is forming a task force that has been charged with a return-to-play plan for fall sports. The goal of the task force is to identify and implement both general and sports-specific modifications that will be required by NJSIAA member schools. In the short-term, efforts will be focused on returning the fall athletes to their sports for the 2020 season.
New Mexico - No organized workouts until at least May 28.
New York - The NYSPHSAA is convening a COVID-19 Task Force to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the Fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year. It will meet June 10.
North Carolina - The NCHSAA board of directors voted to extend the current dead period, in which no activities of any kind are allowed, an additional two weeks through at least June 15. The dead period is “Phase 1” of a multi-phase process toward what the board hopes is a return to full athletic competition in the fall. Phase 2 is a resumption of conditioning and training activities in preparation for athletic seasons. The second phase will begin when the dead period has ended.
North Dakota - No update since cancelling.
Ohio - OHSAA’s mandatory dead period —which has been in effect since March 16 and extended twice since —is being lifted effective on May 26 for six sports which have been designated as “non-contact” or “low-contact”. They include baseball, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and golf.
Oklahoma - The OSSAA Board of Directors met in a special meeting May 22 to discuss summertime activities. The Board voted to conduct summertime activities in accordance with current Rules and Policies as stated in the Administrators Handbook.
Oregon - The Oregon Schools Activities Association informed schools that beginning May 26, the day after the end of the state association’s calendar year, each school will control what athletics take place at school facilities. Originally, schools were closed through June 30 by a directive from the Oregon Department of Education. So at the school’s discretion, athletics may resume, depending on where the school is located. Schools must follow the governor and health authority’s guidances as the state enacts its phased plan across all counties. (May 22)
Pennsylvania -  PIAA remains hopeful that summer activities will be able to commence July 1.
Rhode Island - No update since cancelling.
South Carolina - The South Carolina High School League will follow the lead of Gov. Henry McMaster and allow workouts as early as June 1
South Dakota - The board announced a three-phased plan to help return athletes to their summer work outs. The June 1 start date for summer activities is to help athletes get in shape before the fall season begins. Based on NFHS recommendations, a three phase plan would begin on June 1st with no more than 10 people indoors or outdoors during drills and practices. Moving into other phases and allowing more people would be based on whether flat or decreasing number of documented COVID-19 cases over 14-day periods.
Tennessee - The TSSAA says it is the decision of local Boards of Education, Directors of Schools, and/or Heads of School as to how much they are going to allow coaches to do face-to-face activities with their students
Texas - The University Interscholastic League is working with state officials to allow Texas high schools to begin limited athletic workouts and marching band activities in June.
Utah - The UHSAA remains optimistic that fall sports will commence as scheduled, but is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time.
Vermont - No update since cancelling.
Virginia - In all instances, reopening will only happen in accordance with the Governor’s directives on when to return to school, when schools can return to practice, and when schools can return to competition.
Washington - No update since cancelling.
West Virginia - WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan, who is heading up a board with the West Virginia Department of Education focused on the return of athletics, said that while the information is changing every day, the current goal is for teams to have a full slate for the 2020 season, as well. However, Dolan also was mindful that such circumstances are a fluid basis that could change from week to week and even day by day, based on information that will continue to come in.
Wisconsin - No update since cancelling.
Wyoming - No update since cancelling.