AURORA — With rain in the forecast for both Denver and Pueblo on Thursday and Friday morning, the structure of boys tennis' state tournaments are very likely to change.
The Class 5A tournament is scheduled to be at Gates Tennis Center in Denver, while 4A is at Pueblo City Park in Pueblo. The tournaments could expand to additional sites.
Update, 7:45 a.m. Thursday: The 5A tournament will also play matches at City Park in Denver.
Update, 10:11 a.m. Thursday: The 4A tournament has been delayed by rain.
Both tournaments are slated for Thursday to Saturday, though that, too, could change. Sunday and/or Monday are options to finish the tournaments, should it be needed.
"We are going to do everything in our power to get this tournament done by Saturday night," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Bethany Brookens, who oversees tennis. "We thank you for your support and patience and flexibility. We are still looking forward to two great tournaments and hope that drastic steps do not have to be taken in order to complete it."
What follows is the contingency plan which was sent out to schools on Wednesday afternoon:
- All coaches and all teams need to be present at their respective site for the coaches and team meeting at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday.
- Coaches, players and parents need to be ready to play at different sites, at different times, with perhaps modified scoring. Anything is possible in order to finish the tournament. Sunday and/or Monday may have to be an option if the weather does not improve. However, we will do everything in our power to prevent this.
- For the 5A tournament, if play can begin tomorrow, there is a strong possibility that the tournament will split the positions between City Park in Denver and Gates in order to try to get the first round complete. It's imperative that all positions are ready to play tomorrow morning.
- All communication will be posted on CHSAANow.com. Please do not call the CHSAA office with questions. Our website will be the most up-to-date and reliable resource for you.