Shelbyville News · COVID-19 Considerations and Updates from the IHSAA


To:  Member School Principals and Athletic Administrators

From:  Bobby Cox, Commissioner

Re:  COVID-19 Considerations and Updates from the IHSAA

 

Good afternoon.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter the landscape of our daily lives.  The IHSAA has been navigating these uncharted waters such as you and wish to provide some updates for your information.

Today, we sent our staff home to work remotely.  Rest assured that our staff is equipped to serve you from their homes and are “on duty” during regular business hours.  Please feel free to continue to communicate with our staff during these uncertain times.

Additionally, I wish to provide you a status update of upcoming and pending IHSAA events:

  1. The boys basketball tournament remains postponed indefinitely.  As soon as we reach a determination about the tournament, we will inform our membership and public immediately.
  2. The vast majority of our member schools have closed over the past 72 hours.  Your spring sport regular season athletic practices and events are at your discretion.  We encourage you to adhere closely to those directives and suggestions issued by our Governor, the Center for Disease Control and the Indiana Department of Health.
  3. Given the extension of school closures and directives to limit large group gatherings to 50 people or less, the IHSAA Spring Area Principal Meetings will be held electronically.  Currently, we are focusing on three offerings of the meeting, one per district.  Detailed information surrounding the agenda and your login credentials along with detailed nstructions will be forthcoming.

Should we experience the good fortune of resuming spring sport activities, the staff has constructed some rules reminders below.  I encourage you to share these with members of your coaching staff, students and parents:

Boys & Girls Track: Participants, who have completed their ten pre-participation practices, will need to comply with IHSAA Bylaw 9-14, upon competing in contests:

5-10 days missed- 4 practices required

                                -More than 10 consecutive days missed- 6 practices required

                – Reminder, only one pre-participation practice session may be counted on any one day.

-IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.1(c), regarding (2) waivers for non-school sponsored activity participation, are in effect, as the Authorized Contest Season has begun.

-A lesson, defined as an organized one-on-one instruction or practice in a sport, is in effect and must be compliant with IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.1(b).

Softball: Teams will need to comply with IHSAA Bylaw 101-1(c), prior to competing in contests. Teams will resume with the number of practices completed, prior to suspending school activities. The remaining number of practices required to complete is illustrated in letter (c) of the rule. Reminder, only one pre-participation practice session may be counted on any one day.

-Participation in non-School sponsored activities will not be permitted starting March 23rd, as this date is the first IHSAA Contest Date.

-Also, starting on March 23rd, a lesson, defined as an organized one-on-one instruction or practice in a sport, will be in effect and must be compliant with IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.2(b).

Unified Track: Teams will need to comply with IHSAA Bylaw 201-1, upon competing in contests. Teams will resume with the number of practices completed, prior to suspending school activities. Reminder, only one pre-participation practice session may be counted on any one day.

Baseball: Teams will need to have ten pre-participation practices prior to competing in contests. Reminder, only one pre-participation practice session may be counted on any one day.

-Participation in non-School sponsored activities will not be permitted starting March 30th, as this date is the first IHSAA Contest Date.

-Also, starting on March 30th, a lesson, defined as an organized one-on-one instruction or practice in a sport, will be in effect and must be compliant with IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.2(b).

Girls Tennis: Teams/Participants will need to have ten pre-participation practices prior to competing in contests. Reminder, only one pre-participation practice session may be counted on any one day.

-IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.1(c), regarding (2) waivers for non-school sponsored activity participation, will be in effect starting March 30th.

-Also, starting on March 30th, a lesson, defined as an organized one-on-one instruction or practice in a sport, will be in effect and must be compliant with IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.1(b).

Boys Golf: Teams/Participants will need to have ten pre-participation practices prior to competing in contests. Reminder, only one pre-participation practice session may be counted on any one day.

-IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.1(c), regarding (2) waivers for non-school sponsored activity participation, will be in effect starting March 30th.

-Also, starting on March 30th, a lesson, defined as an organized one-on-one instruction or practice in a sport, will be in effect and must be compliant with IHSAA Bylaw 15-1.1(b).

-The Pace of Play Video requirement to watch with team members will be extended indefinitely to accommodate for potentially starting the season at a later time.

 

Finally, the Association staff will closely observe the activities of our membership throughout the spring season and will render a decision about spring sport tournament series events as soon as possible.  We appreciate your support and patience as we collectively face these unprecedented times.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.