CHSAA delays start of 2021 sports due to COVID-19 surge

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Colorado High School Activities Association and the Colorado Department of Public Health have decided to delay the start of Season B sports due to the continued spread of COVID-19.

Because of this, Seasons C and D will also be delayed.

Initially Season B was scheduled to begin on Jan. 4, however that has now been tentatively pushed back four weeks to Feb. 1.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reached an all time high in terms of disease transmission both in Colorado and around the nation. The Colorado School of Public Health estimates that 1 in 40 Coloradans are currently infectious,” CDPHE executive director Jill Hunsaker Rye said. “With the Thanksgiving holiday just behind us and the impending December holiday festivities, we are very concerned that the rate of transmission will continue to increase.”

The tentative start date could be adjusted based on where counties fall on the state’s COVID-19 dial. This means indoor group sports are not authorized for counties in Level Red.

“In addition, our top goal for the new year is to support a return to in-person learning. Season B sports are conducted mainly indoors during the colder months, which reduces the ability to assure social distancing. This in turn may further promote disease transmission at a time when we need to ensure that students and teachers are protected and that in-person learning is the highest priority,” Hunsaker Rye said.

Proposed CHSAA Calendar (subject to variance approval)

Season B:

  • 7 Weeks 
  • Practice: January 25
  • Competition: February 1-March 20

Sports:

  • Boys & Girls Basketball
  • Boys & Girls Skiing
  • Boys & Girls Wrestling
  • Girls Swim & Dive
  • Ice Hockey
  • Spirit (Championship Weekend March 25-27)

Season C:

  • 7 Weeks
  • Practice: March 15
  • Competition: March 22-May 8

Sports:

  • Boys Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Unified Bowling
  • *Football (see dates below)

Season D:

  • 7 Weeks
  • Practice: May 3
  • Competition: May 10-June 26

Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Boys & Girls Lacrosse
  • Boys & Girls Track & Field
  • Boys Swim & Dive
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Girls Soccer
  • *Girls Golf (see dates below)
  • *Girls Tennis (see dates below)

More info:

  • Football: 9 Weeks (same as Season A Football)
    • Practice: March 4
    • Competition: March 15-May 15
  • Girls Golf: 10 Weeks (same as boys golf)
    • Practice: April 19
    • Competition: April 19-June 22
  • Girls Tennis: 7 weeks (same as Season D sports and Boys Tennis)
    • Practice: April 26
    • Competition: April 26-June 12

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