‘’I especially want to commend the graduating seniors who have not only missed most of the spring season but prom, senior nights, awards ceremonies, possibly graduation, and spent the last few months away from their friends and classmates,’’ Hines said in a statement early Thursday afternoon. “Our seniors have a great deal to be proud of and while this is not the way any of us wanted it to end, I want to thank them for a job well-done.’’
The GHSA’s spring executive committee meeting scheduled for April 19-20 was put on hold.
The board of trustees discussed other contingencies for sports going forward but didn’t vote or make decisions. Hines told trustees that he’d received requests to waive physical exams for fall sports for athletes who had them on file for 2019-20. The trustees thought it not a safe idea.
Hines said he’d been asked by member schools whether the GHSA would suspend its eight-semester rule and allow seniors another season of eligibility in a way similar to the NCAA granting a red-shirt season. Hines and the board were opposed.
Hines was asked if schools could hold tryouts for fall sports such as volleyball, cheerleading and fastpitch softball as late as June if school activities were resumed by then. They’re typically allowed before school ends the previous academic year. Hines said that remained an option if the tryouts were completed before the first official day of fall practice in August.
Hines didn’t want to speculate on the return of sports or even summer activities.
“We don’t know when our kids will be able to train again, and I am concerned with when this might become a safety issue with sports like football if we are not able to come back soon enough,” he told the trustees.
The canceling of spring sports is unprecedented in GHSA history.