Schools closing ends spring sports


In what really isn’t much of a surprise decision, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced all private and public schools in the state will be closed for the remainder of the academic school year. The announcement has forced the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to reconvene and address the spring high school sports season.

Previously, the MIAA announced a tentative plan to hold a shortened spring sports season with 8–12 games scheduled per team from May 4 through June 27, including an approved playoff format that would crown sectional champions based on region rather than an overall state champion like years past.

But since schools will no longer open in May, and other states also clamping their school doors for the academic year, that plan will need to be re-evaluated or squashed all together in what surely will be an unprecedented moment for the MIAA and high school sports across the state and country.

In a tweet released shortly after Governor Baker’s announcement, the MIAA released this statement:

“Difficult news received from Governor Baker today. A formal @MIAA033 BOD statement regarding the status of 2020 spring sports will be provided by weeks end. Continue to #stayhome #flattenthecurve #staywell Together We Will Make A Difference! #OneTeamOneMIAA”
We will continue to monitor the MIAA for announcements regarding the HS sports season moving forward and will provide information as it becomes available.

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