4-30-19 KHS Baseball

Longtime Kennett baseball coach Bob Burns’ widow Linda Burns throws out the first pitch for the home opener at Kennett against Manchester West last April 30. Sports fans are eager for her to te the mound again, hopefully in early May. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association hopes to begin high school sports practices on May 4 with games to start the following week.

NHIAA Executive Director Jeffrey Collins posted the following on the website on Tuesday: “Due to the Governor’s mandate to extend online learning through the beginning of May, the NHIAA Executive Council has modified the start date of spring sports. The revised dates are as follows:

“May 4, 2020 — First date to practice. May 13, 2020 — First date to play.

“Should the (COVID-19) pandemic cause the extension of online learning beyond the current May 4 guideline, we will once again modify the start date accordingly.”

On March 16, the NHIAA reacted to Gov. Chris Sununu’s initial order for schools to be closed until April 3, but he later stretched it to May 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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