What the NSAA's continued suspension could mean for the spring sports season

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 6:37 PM CDT
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The NSAA continued its ban on all sports activities and competitions until Friday, May 1. The move is not shocking given the continued ban of gatherings of 10 or more people.

NSAA Executive Director, Jay Bellar said until the ban is lifted on gatherings of 10 people or more, their hands are tied.

"We are trying to do the very best we can to wait as late in the process as we can to make a decision on when we have to pull the plug," Bellar said. "If we do, we would like to offer some kind of shortened season, if at all possible. But as this lingers on and reaches into April now, we're pretty close to it and if it does come to that May date it's going to be very hard to do anything else."

Ideas the NSAA is mulling over include:

-Shortened seasons

-Spring season going into the summer months

- Conference or Regional Tournaments

When it comes to holding Spring State Tournaments, Bellar said it is not likely since the suspension is going until May.

"To say we're going to have a State Tournament this late in the game is probably not going to work," Bellar said. "We would like to see some kind of ending, so the kids could at least have senior night and have a shortened season for them that makes sense."

With the situation so fluid, Bellar said the NSAA is taking it one week at a time before making any decisions.

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