The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s recommendation postponing the start of the winter sports season until January because of COVID-19 was approved Thursday by its Executive Board.
Competition is slated to begin Jan. 5 if allowed by particular school districts. Two weeks of mandatory practice must take place before competition can begin.
This impacts boys and girls basketball, wrestling and soccer.
AIA Executive Director David Hines met with state health and education officials this week regarding the rising infection and positivity rates in Arizona.
The information and statistics gathered at this meeting was shared with the Executive Board in today’s meeting.
Practice for winter season sports began on Nov. 9 for the counties, districts and schools that meet metrics to allow for a permissible start. As of now, those schools are allowed continue to Phase 2 workouts — running drills — until further notice.
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