CHSAA to lift in-person conditioning moratorium on June 1st

Posted at 4:24 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 02:04:16-04

On Friday, CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green sent out a memo to all Colorado High School Activities Association member schools informing them that on June 1 the moratorium against in-person condition sessions between coaches and high school participants will be lifted.

"This isn't recreational park play or a free-for-all," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. "Our schools will face some challenges, no different than professional and collegiate sports to resume any level of student participation. Each district's individual date of return has been fully supported by our office. Our school administrators have assessed their local situations and have made the best decisions based on the safety and well-being of their students and school personnel."

Any decisions regarding athletics and activities through the summer months will be made at the local school district level, but CHSAA will retake oversight when camps, clinics and practices resume in the fall.

Blanford-Green provided schools with suggested recommendations, referencing national, state and health guidelines to assist them with resuming activities and athletics while keeping safety standards and protocols a priority.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel," added Blanford-Green. "I have strongly recommended that each school or district have a comprehensive plan in place during this transition, and that their school communities including participants, parents and especially coaches are informed of the expectations prior to physical contact or conducting in-person sessions."

The CHSAA Resocialization Task Force will still meet after June 1 to begin discussions on athletics and activities for high school participation for the 2020-21 school year.