School Athletics For Fall Delayed In Response To Gov. Ducey's Executive Order
The Arizona Interscholastic Association is delaying the start of the fall sport season in response to Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order on Monday, which delayed the start of in-person in Arizona to Aug. 17.
Although school sports were not included in the order, the association is holding off all school-related athletics and activities until that date. That means moving the beginning of practice for all fall sports and activities, as well as delaying the start of competition seasons.
The association will meet with a number of stakeholders across Arizona to create alternative sports schedules. If revised timelines for the fall interfere with the winter sport season, the association says those schedules will also be addressed at a later date.
“We will do everything in our power to make sure that when we get back up and going again, the transition will be as seamless as possible and to create memorable interscholastic experiences," said the association's executive director David Hines in a Monday statement.
In the meantime, schools can continue with their summer workouts and programs, if they choose, since those are not regulated by the association.
At least one Valley district, Chandler Unified, has temporarily suspended its athletic activities.
In light of the Governor’s Executive Order & information presented by the AIA, CUSD Athletics & Activities (camps/clinics, practices, open gyms, etc.) will be shut down from July 1st to July 12th. We plan to reopen July 13th.— CUSDAthletics (@CUSDAthletics) June 30, 2020