NSAA member schools can hold open gyms on June 18

Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 6:47 PM CDT
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Beginning June 18th NSAA member schools are permitted to participate in camps, clinics, and summer leagues in all NSAA sanctioned activities except basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling.

Effective immediately NSAA member schools may hold open gyms for basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling with the following restrictions:

Individual skills and workouts only

No physical contact with others

No sharing of equipment

No grouping of students

NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar said the important thing when opening up guidelines for contact sports is to move slowly.

"We want to make sure we go about it slow. So, that we can control as much as we can in the setting that we have. Then after that I don't know what that next phase will look like or when that next phase will be," Bellar said. "I see there maybe passing the ball to each other and doing some things like that before we lead up to games."

Another aspect when talking about fall sports is the second wave physicians are mentioning with COVID-19. The wave could happen in the middle of the fall sports season, and the NSAA is planning for if it does happen.

"We don't know when that's going to be. We're going to have to be flexible with how we run our activities and our sports," Bellar said. "To maybe allow for a shutdown of two to three weeks, or a month. We hope that doesn't happen but hopefully we can handle that when it does drift to us."

Bellar said they will continue to stay in touch with Governor Pete Ricketts' staff when making decisions on lifting restrictions for NSAA member schools.

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