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Status of State Association Activity Restrictions

By NFHS on July 06, 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 - AAA member schools could begin limited summer activities June 1. The Department of Health has indicated that these measures will be reevaluated on June 30.
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. In-person conditioning sessions may resume on June 1.
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 - The DC State Athletic Association has extended its summer dead period for athletics, through July 24, 2020, while the Public Health Emergency is in place.
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 - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on Friday, July 3, 2020 that its Stage 2 Return To Play Guidelines have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and can be instituted by IHSA schools on July 5. The IHSA also announced that it will no longer reference the guidelines as the Stage 2 Return To Play Guidelines, and will instead will refer to them as the Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines, matching the verbiage used by the state in its Restore Illinois plan. The IHSA Stage 1 Return To Play Guidelines, which were implemented on June 5, will now be referred to as the Phase 3 Return To Play Guidelines for the same reason.
Indiana - Effective July 6, Indiana will begin phase one of its re-entry considerations for extra-curricular and co-curricular athletics and activities. At that time, student-athletes are limited to 15 total hours of school contact per calendar week. All summer activity is voluntary. Phase one concludes July 19.
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 - Segment 2 of the return to interscholastic athletics and sport-activities began on June 29 and lasts through July 12. During this segment, local schools and health departments may allow for increased activity, including competition, in Archery, Baseball, Bass Fishing, Bowling, Cross Country, Esports, Golf, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track And Field, Trap Shooting. Segment 2 also permits local schools and health departments to allow for increased activity WITHOUT competition in Basketball, Competitive Cheer, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling. Further revisions to the plan will be considered by the KHSAA Board of Control at its July 10 meeting. These segment restrictions also apply to middle school athletics.
Louisiana - After successful completion of Phase I determined by local and state government officials, LHSAA Summer Rules for all sports of all LHSAA Member Schools will go into effect on Monday, June 8.
Maine - Starting on June 14, and continuing through July 5, coaches would continue to connect virtually with athletes but that all coaches would now be allowed to suggest sport-specific workouts. It is strongly recommended that the workouts be coordinated within the school to avoid overuse by the multi-sport athlete. Starting on July 6, hopefully some in-person instruction can occur.
Maryland - Dr. Karen Salmon, state superintendent of schools, announced high school sports could resume practice and training activities on Friday, June 12. As schools begin to break for the summer months, the order would allow prep sport participation to begin in accordance with the appropriate timeline for high school sports that has been set down by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. That date is currently set for August 12.
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 - As noted in the June 2 MHSAA update, member schools may begin summer activities at school facilities as long as these two conditions are met: 1. School administration has announced schools facilities are open to students and staff, and 2. The academic school year (last day of online instruction/exams) has ended. Official team practices for fall sports are allowed to start August 10, while competition is expected get underway August 19.
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 - The Nebraska School Activities Association is allowing high schools to hold open gyms for basketball, football, soccer and wrestling with some restrictions. Beginning June 18, the NSAA will let high schools participate in camps, clinics and summer leagues in all sanctioned activities except basketball, football, soccer and wrestling.
Nevada - School athletic fields and facilities can re-open, per a directive from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on June 9. And while games are OK to be played, the public is still not allowed to watch those games until restrictions are further eased. School districts and governing entities of charter and private schools control athletic fields and facilities and will make the final determination on when they can re-open.
New Hampshire - No update since cancelling in April.
New Jersey - NJSIAA said it is aiming to open the summer recesses period on or around Monday, July 13. NJSIAA anticipates providing member schools with specific guidelines, in compliance with New Jersey Department of Education (DOE), New Jersey Department of Health (DOH), and CDC guidelines, on or before June 19. Of note, coaches may continue virtual contact with players until the summer recess period officially begins. Regarding a potential July 13 start date for the summer recess period, start dates for all fall sports seasons currently remain unchanged, though the NJSIAA memo states that these dates may still be revised.
New Mexico - No organized workouts until at least May 28. The NMAA issued guidance for schools in Phase I of return to play. It includes individual workouts
New York - New York public schools may start voluntary offseason conditioning programs this summer, but are advised to practice established social-distancing standards, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's COVID-19 Task Force said June 12. While official practices may not start until Aug. 24, the task force has provided guidelines for summer use of school campuses for fall high school sports training, although with restrictions advised. The task force said Wednesday that workouts may resume when a region hits Phase 4 of reopening, which could occur in the Mid-Hudson region in early or mid-July.
North Carolina - The NCHSAA board of directors announced the end of its three-month period of activity on June 15. Athletics and activities can then resume on a limited basis under strict safety guidelines implemented by the NCHSAA and local school districts. During the the first phase of the return to activity, schools are expected to address several health safety procedures. Those include establishing cleaning schedules for all areas used having hand sanitizer readily available, having athletes shower at home, and limitations on gatherings to 90 minutes and no more than 25 people outside or 10 inside, while continuing to practice social distancing.
North Dakota - A return to competition committee has been established in the latest board meeting. It’s for teams looking to get back on the field, court, and ice this upcoming school year. The committee consists of 14 representatives from a wide variety of activities and state organizations.
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. Contact practice for all sports may start June 22. Official practices for fall sports are set to begin on Aug. 1, with the first weekend of Ohio high school football being the last weekend in August.
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 - In a meeting on June 5, the TSSAA Legislative Council failed to pass a motion to eliminate its high school dead period which takes place June 22 to July 5. Consequently, athletics and activities will not be allowed to meet once again until at least July 6. A definitive date to return for summer activity has yet to be established by the TSSAA.
Texas - UIL schools may, but are not required to, begin Summer Strength and Conditioning, Skills Instruction and Marching Band Practices and Rehearsals on June 8, 2020.
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 - The Virginia High School League (VHSL), in alignment with Governor Northam’s “Virginia return to school” plan, announced they have cleared the way for schools to begin out-of-season practice activities beginning Monday, June 15. With this decision being made, the VHSL also suspended the summer dead period for the 2020 summer only.
Washington - At its June 7 meeting, the WIAA Executive Board was asked to set philosophical guidelines regarding the anticipated re-opening of schools and activities for the 2020-21 school year.

West Virginia - WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan announced a three-step plan that will allow summer activity to begin on June 8. Phase on, which spans from June 8-19, allows athletes in pods of 10 or fewer to meet with coaches outdoors for one hour per day. During phase two (June 22 to July 3), up to 25 student-athletes will be allowed to participate as part of indoor and outdoor practices. Outdoor practices remain recommended when possible. Practices during phase two may take place for up to two hours. During phases one and two, no sport-specific activities are permitted. Meetings during these phases must focus on conditioning, strength training and agility. The plan's third phase encompasses the three-week practice period, which is designated by individual counties.

Wisconsin - The state’s directive to cancel all extracurricular activities prohibits all school or coach involvement with training, practices, scrimmages and contests until, at the earliest July 1, unless restrictions are removed prior to that time.
Wyoming - No update since cancelling.