The IHSAA has suspended all its spring sports seasons for four weeks, until April 13, in wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak throughout the country.
“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds said in a press conference Sunday. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
The high school spring sports season still has the potential to finish the remaining half of its season once schools return to class, but all collegiate athletics came to a screeching halt Monday morning.
The NJCAA (junior college) and all NCAA levels have canceled all spring sports in precaution to the virus.
“In light of the progressive involvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year,” Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO said in a press release Monday. “As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes.”
All “practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play” fall under the realm of the spring sports. Recruiting was held to a stop until April 15 for on and off-campus visits.
For student-athletes that started a season, they will not use a year of eligibility and will be eligible for the next season.
“No spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation,” the NJCAA said in a press release.