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NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar outlines potential contingency plans for fall season

With fall sports less than a month away the Nebraska Schools Activities Association is coming up with plans on what the season will look like.
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 9:55 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The high school fall sports season begins on August 10, with competitions beginning on August 20. Right now, the Nebraska Schools Activities Association plans to go ahead with that schedule.

NSAA executive director Jay Bellar said when the season begins flexibility is key.

“We’re going to have to be flexible. The schools are going to have to be flexible. They’re going to have to be understanding of what’s happening in one part of the state may not be happening in all parts of the state,” Bellar said.

Bellar said contingency plans the NSAA has discussed include:

  • Different rules for different areas of the state. For example, if western Nebraska sees less cases, sports will be allowed to continue even if Metro schools have to shut things down
  • District-only schedules or shortened seasons
  • Social distancing sports such as golf being allowed while others are not
  • Limited fan attendance
  • At this time moving fall sports to the spring is not something the NSAA will do but it is not off the table

Bellar said a lot of what is decided will come down to school districts or local health departments. The biggest say the NSAA will have is deciding how they will hold district and state competitions.

Questions they have to answer for those competitions include: What is it going to look like? Is it a fair representation of our whole state? Do we have enough schools?

The NSAA has been in constant contact with the Governor’s office and the Nebraska Department of Education when coming up with guidelines for the fall. They plan to release information on what the fall sports season will look like by the end of July.

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