IHSAA cancels spring season


Courtesy of LHS Yearbook.

Dawson Key (left) runs for LHS track in 2019.

Lewiston High School

Attention: Parents/Guardians and student-athletes

This email is to inform you of the decision made by the Idaho High School Activities Association. The decision has been made to cancel all spring sport and activity seasons and all state tournament for this 2020 spring sports season. I have copied and pasted their announcement below. We appreciate all the hard work, preparation and dedication of our athletes, activity members, coaches/directors and parents up to this point. Nothing can make up for the loss of these activities, but we will continue to work towards recognizing and showing appreciation of those involved as we move forward.
Corey Williams
Lewiston School District Activities/Athletics

4/17/2020, from the Idaho High School Activities Association
It is with sadness and regret that the Idaho High School Activities Association Board of Directors announces that all spring sport and activity seasons and all state tournaments are cancelled. This decision was based on guidelines established by Governor Little, the Idaho State Board of Education, as well as feedback from schools and districts throughout the state.

As the COVID-19 situation continued to evolve, it became apparent that these state events could not be held safely and still follow the parameters set by the governor, SBOE and the IHSAA. Our Board of Directors and office staff recognize the importance of participation in education-based activities. We empathize with the students, schools and communities that this decision impacts.

The IHSAA also understands the disappointment that this will have on our student participants, especially the seniors who were looking forward to a final culminating event. Current Idaho High School Activities Association policies, based on SBOE soft closure and current IHSAA rules, prohibit the use of school facilities and coaches from organizing or directing team workouts and practices remain in effect until May 18th.

The IHSAA Board of Directors will continue to have conversations regarding the fall no contact period and eligibility concerns that have been raised by member schools over the past few weeks.

The IHSAA Board’s highest priority will always be ensuring the health and safety of our student participants, schools and patrons. Situations like these will allow students to use the life lessons learned in education-based activities to cope with the adversity as well as they possibly can. We look forward to getting together and playing when the time is right and it can be done safely.