March 16 2020

MIAA Releases Statement Regarding New Date for Spring Sports and the COVID-19 Outbreak

By: Robert Parris

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) voted on Monday to have the Spring Sports Season to start at the end of April in an afternoon Board of Directors Meeting. 

 

Here is a statement from the MIAA:

 

“The MIAA Board of Directors voted today, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies. The updated date for the 2020 spring season is April 27,2020. Additionally, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to have completion of regular season and tournament games by June 20,2020 with consideration of June 21, 2020 for weather and facility needs.” 

 

“Details regarding the structure of the spring season will be addressed by the Tournament Management Committee (TMC). An update will be provided and reviewed by the Board by March 25,2020.These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities. These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed.” 

 

“Thank you for patience while dealing with this very fluid situation. Be well.” 

 

This is the new date for the start of the 2020 MIAA Spring Season and they will be reviewed by the board by March 25th. 

 

The BHS Spring Sports season is being put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has sent out a statement to athletes, coaches and families updating them on the situation. 


The following statement is from Saturday, March 14th and was posted on the MIAAA.org:  


“To our MIAA Schools and Communities,


“We understand that recent decisions made in your local area, around the state as well as the nation due to COVID-19 may be a source of significant stress, frustration and in some instances, disappointment.  As an Association made up of strong leaders, the time to listen, share and support one another is now. The MIAA staff equally shares in these emotions and the existing heartbreak which has resulted due to canceled games, shortened seasons and disruption to exciting school activities, trips and opportunities.” 


“As we face these uncharted waters, be confident in knowing the MIAA staff is well and is readily available to you with guidance, support, resources and kindness.  Our office is open and functioning. Scheduled meetings are moving forward in person or via tele- and/or video-conferencing, as organized by each MIAA sport liaison.  Communication regarding the status of the spring season will be forthcoming following necessary discussions this coming week.”   


“We appreciate the efforts of our state leaders who are making very difficult recommendations and decisions at this time.  We thank our membership for their continued effort to lead their communities with calmness and without judgment as positive role models for students.  And may we take this opportunity to recognize the blessings that we have, and to realize how, at the end of this disruption, we all will have gained a new sense of strength and resilience to assist in our daily lives.  This experience is the reason why the MIAA exists: “to teach life lessons.” Be well.” 


Originally the Spring Sports season was delayed to Monday, March 30. However, Governor Charlie Baker has declared that schools in Massachusetts must remain closed until April 7. This means the spring sports season will be delayed once again. The date when it will all happen is to be determined.


If you have any questions or concerns email Tara Bennett, MIAA Director of Communications at tbennett@miaa.net.

 

 
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