The DC State Athletic Association announced Thursday that it is postponing all interscholastic sports this upcoming school year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The decision is subject to final approval by Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Department of Health, but the plan is to have sports return in January 2021 in what the association called a Condensed Interscholastic Plan.
“Given the current environment, it just is not feasible to begin practice August 1 and competition later that month,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said in a release. “The safety of student athletes and coaches remains our top priority. We have consulted with DC Health, our member public, public charter and private schools to discuss the options for having athletics this school year. Given the current science and data, this is the best solution to allow our student-athletes to compete in 2020-21.”
Under the Condensed Interscholastic Plan, winter sports, basketball, indoor track and field and cheerleading, would take place between Jan. 4 and Feb. 28, with practices beginning Dec. 14.
Fall sports, including football, soccer, volleyball and cross-country, would take place from Feb. 22 to April 16, with practices beginning Feb. 1.
Spring practices would begin March 29, and baseball, softball, tennis and track and field seasons would run from April 19 to June 13.
The news comes a day after the Virginia High School League announced three proposals being considered for sports to resume in its state, none of which involved football being played this fall.
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