CHSAA statement on COVID-19, state events, spring sports, and the state of emergency

Rhonda Blanford-Green

Rhonda Blanford-Green. (Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

UPDATE: Attendance for state basketball has been limited to essential team personnel only

With today's news that Gov. Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency in Colorado, the CHSAA office reiterates that Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green's statement from last week remains true today.

Per the Commissioner's statement on March 4, "Our plan is to conduct the championship events unless directed by state agencies and/or facility administration of cancellations."

The full statement is below:

I am in contact with multiple state and local agencies in regards to any changes that may occur with CHSAA culminating championships. The state and local agencies as well as our facility administrators have me on their "high alert" communications. If there are closures, logistics will be communicated to the membership and posted to CHSAANow immediately.

My suggestion is that these discussions and contingency plans happen at the local level should a school terminate contact and the state event still contested. Our plan is to conduct the championship events unless directed by state agencies and/or facility administration of cancellations.

The safety and well-being of our participants, staffs, volunteers and fans will be in the forefront of all decisions.

Spring sports competition, and decisions regarding regular season events, are up to local schools and school districts. The CHSAA office sent out a school memo today that regular season games cancelled would not affect postseason qualification and seeding.

"The safety and well-being of high school students in school communities must be the priority," Blanford-Green said. "We support our local school districts to make the best decisions for their school communities, and will work with them as needed."