FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The next domino to fall in Alaskan high school athletics due to concerns over the coronavirus is spring sports. In an email sent out by the Alaska School Activities Association, they announced that practice dates, games and championships would be postponed to a later date.
“The ASAA Board of Directors has changed the first practice dates, the first contest dates and the spring championship and events dates to ‘to be determined’ and granted the Executive Director the authority to determine when these dates will be rescheduled,” said ASAA Billy Strickland in a press release. “This decision is to be based on the guidance of State Health Officials and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. This change in the Activities Calendar is to go into effect immediately.”
There are five sports listed on ASAA’s website that would be affected by these changes which include track and field, baseball, softball, soccer and esports.
This all stems from a decision made by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska chief medical officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Office of the Governor when they issued a health mandate.
“As part of Mandate 1.2, from March 16 through March 30, all public schools are to be operated as non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school. During this time, all after school activities are to be suspended.” from the ASAA press release on March 15.
In the span of three days, the Alaska state championships for cheer and basketball have been cancelled, spring sports have been postponed and school districts have had their spring break extended through March 30.