The District of Columbia State Athletic Association, in consultation with DC Health, has developed guidance so that low-risk high school sports can commence training and competition.
“It is essential to the physical, emotional and mental well-being of student-athletes to return to physical activity and athletic competition as soon as it is deemed safe,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “This has been a difficult year for many of our youths, but the opportunity to return to athletics will have a positive impact for so many of our student-athletes.”
Per the Mayor’s Order of the District of Columbia, a Public Health Emergency remains in place through May 20. This means that moderate- and high-risk sports such as football, wrestling, basketball lacrosse and soccer may participate in conditioning and skill development, but are prohibited from practicing and competing.
Sports that are considered low-risk include baseball, cross-country, golf, softball, tennis and track and field. DCSAA has developed specific guidance for these sports to follow, including recommended mask wearing, social distancing and sanitizing. These sports can begin competition on April 1 and the DCSAA will conduct state championships in baseball, softball, tennis and track and field. Full details are available read on the DCSAA website.
“We would like to thank Mayor Bowser, her staff and DC Health for their leadership and helping DCSAA implement these guidelines,” Ray said. “We also thank the many administrators and coaches who have persevered and remain committed to helping our student-athletes.”