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Ask the Ref: Making a decision on canceling or postponing a game

Q: Several games were postponed or canceled this week because of Hurricane Dorian. Under what circumstances may a school cancel a game? What if there is disagreement on whether a contest should be canceled or postponed? When could it lead to a forfeit? - GHSF Daily staff

A: "There are a variety of reasons for potential cancellations, rescheduling games or postponements. Some include impending inclement weather, natural disasters, local disasters, local venue issues, potential safety issues and many others. Due to the wide array of possibilities, GHSA does not categorize a standard. Each individual situation presented is addressed based on its own merit. If there is disagreement over whether to cancel, we encourage all member schools to work out their regular-season scheduling issues without GHSA intervening. Remember, the schools involved have a contract to uphold, and we encourage them to work together toward an agreeable outcome. If this fails, schools can petition GHSA to make a decision. GHSA constitution and bylaws give guidelines for forfeits in different situations and penalties assessed. We try to avoid a forfeit in all instances, but if one team fails to fulfill its contract and the opposing team refers the situation to the GHSA, determining a forfeit is an option." - Kevin Giddens, GHSA associate director and sport coordinator for football. 

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