CHSAA to lift moratorium with strict guidelines for resuming in-person conditioning sessions

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CHSAA is lifting the moratorium against in-person condition sessions between coaches and high school participants beginning on June 1.

After that date, decisions regarding athletics and activities through the summer months will be made at the local school district level. The CHSAA's administrative oversight for athletics and activities will resume when camps, clinics and fall sports practice dates are projected to begin.

"This isn't recreational park play or a free-for-all," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. "Our schools will face some challenges, no different than professional and collegiate sports to resume any level of student participation."

"Each district's individual date of return has been fully supported by our office," Blanford-Green continued. "Our school administrators have assessed their local situations and have made the best decisions based on the safety and well-being of their students and school personnel."

Blanford-Green provided schools with suggested recommendations in an email sent on Tuesday, which referenced national, state and health guidelines to assist the membership with resuming activities and athletics while prioritizing safety standards and protocols.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel," Blanford-Green said. "As with reopening our country and our state, taking incremental steps within the mandated and suggested guidelines will be critical in ensuring the success of transitioning from virtual to in-person.

"I have strongly recommended that each school or district have a comprehensive plan in place during this transition, and that their school communities including participants, parents and especially coaches are informed of the expectations prior to physical contact or conducting in-person sessions," she added.

"Our students, coaches, schools and the Association are ready to resocialize back to participation," Blanford-Green said. "The importance of returning to education-based athletics and activities reaches beyond a contest or a perceived scholarship. It is about reconnecting our students — socially, emotionally and physically."

The CHSAA Resocialization Task Force will meet after June 1 to begin discussions on athletics and activities for high school participation for the 2020-21 school year.

All relevant bylaws still apply during this period, including football equipment rules, and camp limitations.

Guidance for returning to conditioning on June 1