Softball and boys tennis given approval to start practice; response on other sports expected by week's end

Elizabeth Ponderosa softball

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Softball and boys tennis have been given approval to begin play this fall.

The sports were approved as part of CHSAA's return-to-play plan submitted to the state's COVID-19 Response team within the Governor's office.

CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green shared the news with member schools during the annual All-School Summit on Wednesday.

Softball and boys tennis can begin practice as scheduled on Aug. 10, and competition on Aug. 13.

Both sports will have modifications to their seasons in order to ensure they comply with current national, state and local health guidelines. Note that the resumption of any activity or sport is subject to change based upon any changes to national, state or local guidelines.

As previously communicated, boys golf has also been approved to begin, and the sport will start practice on Aug. 3, and competition on Aug. 6.

The CHSAA office is anticipating a decision from the COVID-19 Response team on the remaining sports by the end of the week. That said, there is an understanding of the careful consideration that is necessary at the state level as everyone navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon approval of the submitted plan, the anticipation is that a full calendar can be shared for the 2020-21 season.