NHIAA hopes to have spring seasons

NHIAA Executive Director Jeffrey Collins. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is still hoping to have a high school spring sports season. Hopefully, it will just start a little later than we had all anticipated.

NHIAA Executive Director Jeffrey Collins posted the following on the website on Friday:

“Due to the recent mandate by Gov. (Chris) Sununu to extend online learning through May 4, the NHIAA will need to adjust the revised start date for spring athletics in order to conform with this new timeline.”

He added: “Once again, we ask for your patience and understanding as we try our best to adapt to the changes this pandemic has brought to our daily lives. New dates will be released early (this) week.”

On March 16, the NHIAA reacted to Sununu’s initial order for schools to be closed until April 3.

“As of now, the first date to practice spring sports will be Monday, April 13,” the NHIAA release stated then. “The first date to play will be Monday, April 27. We will closely monitor developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and should we need to adjust these dates, we will do so as necessary. It is our intention to hold open tournaments at the end of the regular season for each division."

Officials added: “As stated last week, we ask for everyone’s patience, cooperation, and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. The NHIAA will keep its member schools updated on any further developments. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we join the effort to plateau the spread of COVID-19 in New Hampshire.”

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