Spring sports could get partial seasons

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If classes resume on May 1, state tournaments for spring sports would be held in June.

The organizations overseeing high school sports in Iowa released tentative schedules for resuming spring sports, playing a truncated season and holding state championships in June.

Events for high schools will remain prohibited through April 30 after Gov. Kim Reynolds announced an extension of school closures through that date.

The primary concern of the sports and activities organizations is the health and safety of students, schools and their communities during this pandemic, according to a press release. Schedules will continue to be assessed as this crisis develops and further announcements will follow recommendations of state and public health officials.

“We are committed to bringing a sense of familiarity to our young people whose school year has been so disrupted by this adjusted spring season,” Iowa High School Athletic Association Executive Director Tom Keating said. “It is our hope that students return to school on the current target date and have the opportunity to participate in the activities that mean so much to them.

The proposed schedule calls for practices for spring sports to resume on May 1, the first day back to school for students.

Track and field, golf and tennis would have their first competitions on May 4. Soccer would have the first games on May 8.

State championships would be held in June:

• Track on June 4-6.

• Girls golf on June 8-9 and boys golf on June 11-12.

• Girls team tennis on June 1-2 and June 13 and boys team tennis on June 9.

• Individual girls tennis on June 10-11 and boys individual tennis on June 5-6.

• Soccer championships would be June 15-20 with boys on odd-numbered days and girls on even-numbered days.

Baseball and softball would start practice on May 18 with the first games on June 1.

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