AURORA | The Colorado High School School Activities Association announced Friday it has assembled a “Resocialization to Activities” Task Force, which is set to begin discussions on the future of prep sports in Colorado on June 1.
The onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced the state’s governing body to suspend the spring prep sports season on March 12 — the opening day of the regular season for most — and eventually cancel the whole thing six weeks later.
Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green sent out a letter to CHSAA membership detailing the convening of the task force and laying out the issues that will be considered in trying to find a way to responsibly hold competition in August and beyond.
“We anticipate that there will be challenges and difficult decisions in our future that will require collaborative leadership as we work to return to the classroom and interscholastic activities,” Blanford-Green’s letter read.
“Even in our world of unknowns, what we do know, is that the social, financial and operational effects of this global pandemic will temporarily alter how we conduct business,” she added. “There isn’t a prescribed script. If positively embraced, the opportunities to think outside the box and emerge as better servant-leaders are endless.”
June 1 is the first date that physical contact between coaches and athletes is permitted and CHSAA has left that up to the discretion of the local schools/schools districts.
It’s also the first day of work for the Task Force, which CHSAA said is comprised of members of its Sports Medicine Advisory board, plus “educational leaders representing all level of administration, classifications and state geography.”
Blanford-Green said CHSAA would work “incrementally and without pressure” to find the best solutions for Colorado and not be influenced by the actions of organizations in other states.
“We want to resume to levels of normalcy as much, if not, more than those we serve,” Blanford-Green said.
The questions Blanford-Green laid out for the task force:
— Should students be fully engaged with in-person learning before the association resumes activities/athletics?
— Should we consider offering some activities/athletics if federal, state, medical and safety guidelines can be met at the local and association level?
— Should we consider moving some activities/athletics to later start dates i.e. September, October, January and extending completion dates further than the traditional activities calendar?
— Should we consider adjusting some activities/athletics to be conducted earlier/later than their traditional season?
— Should we consider on-line participation for some activities in place of physical activation?
— What safety measures will need to be in place to resume specific and/or all activities?
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports