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CHSAA moves football, volleyball to spring this school year

Ken Hamrick
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The Colorado High School Activities Association will move the football and girls volleyball seasons to the spring of 2021.

Also affected by this move is boys soccer.

The CHSAA created four separate seasons for high school sports for 2020-21 — A, B, C and D. It will have reduced schedules and a reduced amount of teams in state championship competitions.

In the meantime, CHSAA has given the approval for boys and girls cross country to begin their seasons. Cross country will begin its practices this coming Wednesday. The first official competition will be on Aug. 15. The state championship has been moved to Oct. 17.

Cross country will be a part of Season A along with boys golf, boys tennis and girls softball.

Boys golf started its practices this past Monday and the first competitions are today. The state championship will take place Oct. 5-6.

Boys tennis and girls softball begin practices this coming Monday with their first competitions to take place on Aug. 13. Boys tennis' state championships are Sept. 25 and 26, and softball will play its state championship on Oct. 10.

There will be a maximum of seven cross country contests, and 16 softball contests. Golf will be limited to 198 holes, and boys tennis is undetermined.

Season B, which includes basketball, girls swimming and diving and wrestling will be in Season B. Also in Season B are ice hockey, skiing, competitive spirit, and sideline spirit. All will begin practices on Jan. 4, 2021. All will begin competition on Jan. 7.

The basketball state championships are the weekend of March 6, and there will be a maximum of 13 contests in Classes 1A-3A and 16 in Classes 4A and 5A.

Girls swimming has a maximum of seven contests plus the league meet. The state championship is to be determined.

Wrestling will have a maximum of seven dual meets plus seven days of tournaments. The championship is the weekend of March 6.

Football, boys soccer and volleyball will be in Season C along with field hockey, gymnastics and unified bowling. Football will begin practices on Feb. 26, while all the others will begin practices on March 1. The first competitions for all is on March 4.

Football will have a maximum of seven regular season contests and the championships are on May 8.

Volleyball will have a maximum of 16 contests with the state championships to take place the weekend of May 1.

Baseball, girls golf, girls tennis and track and field will be in Season D, along with boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming and diving and boys volleyball. The first practices will be on April 26 with the first contests to take place April 29.

Baseball will have a maximum of 16 games in Classes 2A-5A and 13 in Class 1A. The state championship is on the weekend of June 26.

Girls golf will play a maximum of 198 holes and the state championship date is undetermined.

Girls tennis schedule is to be determined and its state championships is the weekend of June 11-12.

Track and field will have a maximum of of eight meets and its state championship is not determined.

Postseason sports participating teams will also be reduced.

Colorado is the ninth state to move all or part of its fall sports to the spring. The others are California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington along with the District of Columbia.

The new schedule has been determined following months of collaboration with Gov. Jared Polis, the CHSAA Resocialization Task Force, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the state COVID-19 Response team, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the CHSAA Board of Directors and administrative staff.

Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email at khamrick@ljtdmail.com. Help support local journalism by subscribing to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat at lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/subscribenow.