High school spring sports in Utah will remain on hiatus at least through April.
The Utah High School Activities Association announced Tuesday morning that it has extended its suspension of all sports and activities through Friday, May 1.
The move comes a day after Gov. Gary Herbert extended Utah’s K-12 public school soft closure to May 1 as the state and nation grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students and teachers will continue with their current remote and digital learning processes until at least then.
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced guidelines advising against gatherings of 50 or more people for at least a period of eight weeks.
Soon after, the White House advised that number should be no more than 10 people.
The UHSAA suspension includes practice or team gatherings.
“In consultation with board directives and information provided by state public health officials, the UHSAA has suspended spring activities and athletics, including practice and team gatherings, to properly fulfill best practices regarding protection of students and the general public,” part of the UHSAA statement reads.
Two weeks ago, the UHSAA announced a two-week suspension of all spring sports and activities that was set to end on March 30. Teams last played games on Saturday, March 14.
According to UHSAA records, the last time a spring sport didn’t contest a state tournament was baseball in 1943, which was during World War II.
Assuming a best-case scenario of resuming sports and activities in May, there would still be numerous logistical hurdles the UHSAA would have to clear before deciding how best to resume the season.
“We’re still at a point based on the ever-developing nature of this public health crisis that it would be irresponsible to comment at this time on what things look like a month from now,” UHSAA assistant director Jon Oglesby said.