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AHSAA issues statement on spring sports and concerns with the coronavirus

MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA released a statement regarding the continuance of spring sports amid growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus Friday morning.

The AHSAA is closely monitoring statewide conditions regarding COVID-19 with the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The AHSAA said based on the Alabama Department of Public Health’s recommendation and in accordance with the information sent to public schools from the Alabama State Department of Education, events with 500 or more in attendance from outside the school’s student body should be canceled or limited to the recommended number. Compliance regarding the recommendation is the responsibility of local schools and school boards.

“Please know, the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and fans are at the forefront of the AHSAA’s mission,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.

Practice and competition are a school and school system decision and should be based on the most current recommendations of the Alabama Department of Public Health according to the statement.

The status of AHSAA spring championships are to remain as scheduled but could change with new information.

The AHSAA said it has formed a Spring Sports Contingency Committee to analyze current information to develop alternative options for championship play, if necessary, adding that decisions will be made in the best interest of coaches, administrators, fans and student-athletes.

If athletes or teams do not meet the minimum contest requirements at the end of the season due to mandated cancellations, the AHSAA said those contingency plans are developed and schools will be notified of championship qualifications to ensure all teams have equal opportunity to participate in championships.

If a game is scheduled and one team does not agree to play or reschedule, the game would not count as a forfeit. The AHSAA is asking for encouragement from all schools to be understanding and work together during these challenging times.

The AHSAA said it will provide further updates as new information becomes available. Visit www.ahsaa.com for all updates.

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