Sport modifications for COVID-19

The following is a general overview of modifications which are being made to structure of a sport season in order to ensure the sports can comply with current national, state and local health guidelines.

Note that every sport has requirements to mitigate spread and transmission of COVID-19. These requirements can be found in specific sports bulletins, and the following document:

Find full dates on the 2020-21 calendar.

Season A

Cross Country

Bulletin

  • Reduce the maximum number of regular season meets from 11 to 7.
  • No alternate runners. 2A: run 6, score 4; 3A-5A run 7, score 5.
  • No JV or open races at varsity meets. Schools can host a JV meet or open race separate from varsity.
  • 50 athletes per gender will be allowed at regular season meets. Must start in waves of no more than 25.
  • Postseason rosters: 2A run 5, score 4; 3A-5A run 6, score 5.
  • Regionals: 75 athletes per gender will be allowed. 
  • State championship: 100 athletes per gender, per classification will be allowed.

Boys Golf

Bulletin

  • No changes to the structure of the season.

Softball

Bulletin

  • 16-game regular season 
  • Rosters: 12 players per level
  • 16 team brackets, league champions automatically qualify, and remaining qualifiers through CHSAA Seeding Index (RPI, Coaches Poll, MaxPreps)
  • Seeded via the CHSAA Seeding Index (RPI, Coaches Poll, MaxPreps).

Boys Tennis

Bulletin

  • Reduce the maximum number of regular season matches from 12 matches/0 tournament or 11 matches/1 tournament or 10 matches/2 tournaments or 9 matches/3 tournament to 9 matches/0 tournament or 8 matches/1 tournament or 7 matches/2 tournament or 6 matches/3 tournament (25% decrease). 
  • Minimum matches for individuals/teams to advance is four at the position they are seeking to play at for Regionals. A waiver for COVID-19 reasons must be obtained from the CHSAA office.  
  • Modify the season length from 10 weeks (through state) to 7 weeks (through state).
  • Regionals will be a single elimination tournament – winner and runner-up will advance to state.
  • State will be a single elimination tournament played over two days. No 3rd/4th place

Season B

Basketball

  • 1A, 2A, 3A: 13-game regular season.
  • 4A, 5A: 16-game season.
  • Postseason 1A-3A: 24-team brackets.
  • Postseason 4A, 5A: 32-team brackets.
  • State Tournament: No consolations in 2021.

Ice Hockey

  • 13 game maximum regular season (No individual or team game minimum)
  • Schools must play 12 of their 13 regular season games against league opponents
  • Only two games against a league opponent will count towards the final league standings (there will be instances in some leagues where certain teams will play one another three times)
  • Non-League game must be within geographic region and receive written approval from the CHSAA Assistant Commissioner overseeing Ice Hockey (list of each geographic region will be sent to schools)
  • January 4 start of formal practice – January 7 start of competition (No Scrimmages or Foundation Games)
  • February 25 end of regular season – Frozen Four March 1-3 (TBD location and time - dates subject to change)
  • 4 team playoff bracket for both 4A and 5A
  • State playoff bracket will not be seeded, and matchups will be determined by the Asst. Commissioner overseeing Ice Hockey (1st Rd league matchups are a possibility)
  • Each league will receive one Automatic Qualifier into the postseason
  • Each league will have sole responsibility for determining the Auto Qualifier for their league
  • New Seeding Formula (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI) will determine the single At-Large qualifier (Bracket released Friday, February 26)

Skiing

  • No changes to the structure of the season.

Spirit

  • Teams can support their schools without doing anything participatory until the regular season begins on Jan. 4.
  • Modifications to the seasons will be announced as the competitive season approaches.

Girls Swimming

  • Changes will be announce shortly.

Wrestling

  • Regular season: Seven duals, and seven days of tournaments.
  • Max of eight teams in attendance at regular season tournaments.
  • Weight certification opens Nov. 1, must be complete prior to competition.
  • Regionals: Two-day format, 16-man bracket. The first seven weight classes will compete on the first day. The next seven weight classes will compete on the second day. Wrestlebacks will only happen from quarterfinals on.
  • The first and second placers will qualify for the state tournament.
  • State tournament: Eight-person bracket, full consolation. One-day format.
  • Team scores at both regionals and state will score placers 1-4.

Season C

Field Hockey

  • Schools will be divided into three groups of five by the Assistant Commissioner overseeing Field Hockey.
    • Group A: Arapahoe, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Academy, Liberty, Palmer Ridge
    • Group B: Dakota Ridge, Fossil Ridge, Mountain Vista, Regis Jesuit, St. Mary’s Academy
    • Group C: Cherry Creek, Denver East, Grandview, Kent Denver, Smoky Hill
  • 10 game maximum regular season (No game minimum - home and away match vs. each group opponent and one home and away with pre-determined non-group opponent).
    • Non-group matchups:
      • Denver East vs Fossil Ridge
      • Colorado Academy vs Kent Denver
      • Cherry Creek vs Regis Jesuit
      • Mountain Vista vs Palmer Ridge
      • Arapahoe vs St. Mary’s Academy
      • Dakota Ridge vs Liberty
      • Cheyenne Mountain vs Grandview
      • Smoky Hill vs TBD JV Team
  • March 1 start of formal practice – March 4 start of competition (NO Scrimmages or Foundation Games).
  • April 22 end of regular season.
  • Postseason Dates: Semis – Monday, April 26; Final – Tuesday, April 27 (TBD location and dates subject to change).
  • 4 team playoff bracket.
  • State playoff bracket will not be seeded, and matchups will be determined by the Asst. Commissioner overseeing Field Hockey (First round group matchups are a possibility).
  • Each group will receive one Automatic Qualifier into the postseason.
  • Each group will have sole responsibility for determining the Auto Qualifier for their group.
  • New Seeding Formula (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI) will determine the single At-Large qualifier.

Football

  • Seven-game season for each classification.
  • Eight-team postseason all classifications.
  • CHSAA Seeding Index (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI, Packard Rankings) will determine all qualifiers in all classifications.
  • 5A, 4A will play regularly scheduled week 4-10 games.
  • 3A will play regularly scheduled week 5-11 games.
  • 2A, 1A, and 8-man will play regularly scheduled week 4-10 games.
  • 6-man will play regularly scheduled week 3-9 games.

Gymnastics

  • Eight-meet regular season.
  • State meet: 12 team rotations each classification. Teams and individuals determined by score

Boys Soccer

  • 10 game maximum regular season (No game minimum)
  • Non-league games are highly discouraged especially outside of your geographic region; need written approval from CHSAA Assistant Commissioner overseeing Boys Soccer for non-league games
  • March 1 start of formal practice – March 4 start of competition (NO Scrimmages or Foundation Games)
  • April 17 end of regular season – May 1 State Final (TBD location and dates subject to change)
  • 16 team playoff bracket 3A-5A / 8 team playoff bracket 2A
  • State playoff bracket will not be seeded, and matchups will be determined by the Assistant Commissioner overseeing Boys Soccer based on geographic location of leagues (1st Rd league matchups are a possibility)
  • Leagues will receive their already established Auto Qualifiers based on league size and will have sole responsibility for determining the Auto Qualifiers for their league
  • New Seeding Formula (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI) will determine the At-Large qualifiers for each classification (Bracket released Sunday, April 18)
  • Playoff Dates: Subject to change
    • 1st Round (5A) – Tuesday, April 20 (higher seed hosts)
    • 1st Round (3A/4A) – Wednesday, April 21 (higher seed hosts)
    • Quarterfinals (5A) – Friday, April 23 (higher seed hosts)
    • Quarterfinals (2A/3A/4A) – Saturday, April 24 (higher seed hosts)
    • Semifinals (all classes) – Wednesday, April 28 (site TBA)
    • Finals (all classes) – Saturday, May 1 (site TBA)
      • 2A at 10:00 am, 5A at 12:30 pm, 3A at 3:00 pm, 4A at 5:30 pm

Unified Bowling

  • Changes will be determined as the season approaches.

Girls Volleyball

  • 16 game maximum regular season. Minimum number of matches for postseason is 12, unless a waiver for COVID-19 reasons is obtained from the CHSAA Volleyball Committee. 
  • Modify the season length from 14 weeks (through state) to 10 weeks (through state).
  • Roster limit for regular season and postseason: 12 players per level
  • Regionals will be reduced to 24 teams. League champions will still be guaranteed entrance and the remaining teams will be taken from RPI. 
  • Seeding will be done via the seeding method outlined in the committee report.
  • Only 8 teams to state. No wild card teams.
  • State will be a single elimination tournament played over two days.

Season D

Baseball

  • CHSAA pitch count rules apply throughout season.
  • 1A: 13-game regular season. Must play minimum of 9 games to qualify for districts, unless a waiver for COVID-19 reasons is obtained from the CHSAA office.
  • 1A: 16 teams qualify for regional/state bracket.
  • 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A: 16-game season. Must play 13 games to qualify for state bracket, unless a waiver for COVID-19 reasons is obtained from the CHSAA office.
  • 2A: 16 teams qualify to regional/state bracket.
  • 3A, 4A, 5A: 24 teams qualify to regionals. Higher seeded team hosts three-team regional. Higher seed receives bye.
  • 3A, 4A, 5A: Eight-team, double-elimination state tournament/
  • State bracket seeding per Legislative Council Report.

Girls Golf

  • No changes to the structure of the season.

Boys Lacrosse

  • Regular season: 10 games.
  • Eight-team postseason in each classification.
  • Each league will receive one automatic qualifier for the postseason. Leagues will have sole responsibility for determining their automatic qualifier for their league.
  • The CHSAA Seeding Index (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI) will determine the At-Large qualifiers for each classification.

Girls Lacrosse

  • Eight-team postseason in each classification.
  • 10-game maximum regular season.
  • CHSAA Seeding Index utilized to determine qualifiers, and seed brackets.

Boys Swimming

  • Changes will be announced shortly.

Girls Tennis

  • Reduce the maximum number of regular season matches from 12 matches/0 tournament or 11 matches/1 tournament or 10 matches/2 tournaments or 9 matches/3 tournament to 9 matches/0 tournament or 8 matches/1 tournament or 7 matches/2 tournament or 5 matches/3 tournament (25% decrease). 
  • Minimum matches for individuals/teams to advance is four at the position they are seeking to play at for Regionals. A waiver for COVID-19 reasons must be obtained from the CHSAA office.  
  • Modify the season length from 10 weeks (through state) to 7 weeks (through state).
  • Regionals will be a single elimination tournament – winner and runner-up will advance to state.
  • State will be a single elimination tournament played over 2 days. No 3rd/4th place

Track & Field

  • Changes are to be determined as the season approaches.

Boys Volleyball

  • 16 game maximum regular season. Minimum number of matches for postseason is 12, unless a waiver for COVID-19 reasons is obtained from the CHSAA Volleyball Committee. 
  • Modify the season length from 14 weeks (through state) to 10 weeks (through state).
  • Roster limit for regular season and postseason: 12 players per level.
  • Regionals: 24 teams. League champions will still be guaranteed entrance and the remaining teams will be taken from RPI. 
  • Seeding will be done via the seeding method outlined in the committee report.
  • Only 8 teams to state. No wild card teams.
  • State will be a single elimination tournament played over two days.

Girls soccer

  • 10 game maximum regular season (No game minimum)
  • Non-league games are highly discouraged especially outside of your geographic region; need written approval from CHSAA Assistant Commissioner overseeing Girls Soccer for non-league games
  • April 26 start of formal practice – April 29 start of competition (NO Scrimmages or Foundation Games)
  • June 12 end of regular season – June 26 State Final (TBD location and date subject to change)
  • 16 team playoff bracket 3A-5A / 8 team playoff bracket 2A
  • State playoff bracket will not be seeded, and matchups will be determined by the Assistant Commissioner overseeing Girls Soccer based on geographic location of leagues (1st Rd league matchups are a possibility)
  • Leagues will receive their already established Auto Qualifiers based on league size and will have sole responsibility for determining the Auto Qualifiers for their league
  • New Seeding Formula (MaxPreps, Coaches Poll, RPI) will determine the At-Large qualifiers for each classification (Bracket released Sunday, June 13)
  • Playoff Dates: Subject to change
    • 1st Round (5A) – Tuesday, June 15 (higher seed hosts)
    • 1st Round (3A/4A) – Wednesday, June 16 (higher seed hosts)
    • Quarterfinals (5A) – Friday, June 18 (higher seed hosts)
    • Quarterfinals (2A/3A/4A) – Saturday, June 19 (higher seed hosts)
    • Semifinals (all classes) – Wednesday, June 23 (site TBA)
    • Finals (all classes) – Saturday, June 26 (site TBA)
      • 2A at 10:00 am, 5A at 12:30 pm, 3A at 3:00 pm, 4A at 5:30 pm