D.C. cancels winter prep sports, prepares for spring season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The coronavirus pandemic has completely reshaped sports (among other things) in America over the last 10 months, and that extends all the way from the highest levels of athletic competition down to high school leagues.
With COVID-19 still spreading, leagues keep adjusting to the new reality. At the high school level, that has often meant the unfortunate cancellation of many sports, and that continued this week in the nation's capital.
🚨 @DCSAASports Cancels Winter/Fall Sports. Prepares for Spring Sports Start 3/18
Per @MayorBowser ALL high school sports, activities & competitions are suspended for ALL DC schools during the Public Health Emergency
(effective until 3/17) pic.twitter.com/YG0OcQYSta
— Chad Ricardo (@RealChadRicardo) January 28, 2021
As the above release from The District of Columbia State Athletic Association says, all high school athletic activities, in addition to other extracurricular clubs and organizations, are suspended until March 17. Spring sports will begin March 18.
"We look forward to a return to play as soon as it is deemed safe," DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. "We know the positive impact that athletics have on our student-athletes and will do everything we can to resume play under safe conditions."
Schools who elect to play their previously postponed fall and winter sports during the spring season will be able to begin on the same date.
"The DCSAA also will continue to monitor the situation and maintain the flexibility to return to play as soon as we can," Ray said. "We appreciate the leadership and clear direction of Mayor Bowser and know that she has the health and safety of our student-athletes and all District residents first and foremost."