The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Board of Directors voted to uphold its already-approved sports calendar, which means high school football won’t happen this fall.
The vote came after Gov. Jared Polis said during a news briefing Tuesday that his administration wanted “to encourage CHSAA to allow” school districts to proceed with high school football in the fall if they’re prepared.
CHSAA approved the 2020-21 sports and activities calendar last month, which delayed football and other contact sports until later in the school year.
The board voted unanimously on a resolution Tuesday to not alter the schedule they approved in August.
On Monday morning CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green commented that the organization was reconsidering the 2020-21 athletic calendars and looking at the opportunity to reinstate some sports this fall.
Said Blanford-Green, “In recent weeks, we have seen reconsideration at the association, school district and conference level regarding the resuming of fall sports, especially football… We continue to work collaboratively with our state, health and educational officials. We’re monitoring information from other states to see if its applicable to reconsiderations in Colorado.”
Blanford-Green emphasized the organizations desires to safely restart after states, like Michigan, reinstated fall sports.
“We would be thrilled to work with (CHSAA) to make that happen for the districts that are ready to go. I think there’s some opportunity to have a fall season for those who are ready,” said Gov. Polis in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon with Colorado coming off two months of steady case decline, even following the return of in person learning.
Currently 32 states have scheduled a fall return to high school football. Twenty-three of those have already commenced a fall season. Statistics by John Hopkins University show spikes in COVID-19 cases among several states that have started their football seasons over the past two weeks. Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio, Utah and North Dakota have seen the sharpest increase in cases per day since the commencement of their football seasons two to three weeks ago.
CHSAA said Wednesday, “The safety, physical and emotional well-being of Colorado’s student participants must be at the forefront of every decision.”