UHSAA Update Regarding COVID-19 Virus
May 5, 2020
UHSAA Board-of-Trustees Reaffirms April Decision to Cancel Spring Activities, Including State Championships
MIDVALE, Utah (May 5, 2020) - The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Board-of-Trustees met in a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the #LetUsPlay petition.
In accordance with the new information in the Governor’s ‘Utah Leads Together 2.0’ plan and the recent recommendations of the UHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the UHSAA Board-of-Trustees reaffirmed the April 14, 2020, board decision to cancel all sanctioned activities for the 2020 spring season, including state championships. The Board-of-Trustees will consider sanctioning 2020-2021 statewide high school competition once all 29 counties move to yellow status.
The UHSAA will continue to work with its member schools to follow the ‘Utah Leads Together 2.0’ plan and its approach to dial up economic, educational, and extracurricular activities in a data-driven, measured approach. The UHSAA and its member schools are focused on creating conditions that will support the health and safety of high school students as the state moves from orange to yellow risk status.###
April 14, 2020
UHSAA Announces Cancellation of Spring Sports and Activities, Including State Championships
MIDVALE, Utah (April 14, 2020) - In accordance with Governor Gary R. Herbert and State Superintendent Syd Dickson’s announcement earlier today that Utah schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) has cancelled all remaining spring activities, including sports, and state championships. Current UHSAA policies prohibiting the use of school facilities and organizing practice and/or team gatherings remain in effect until further notice.
The UHSAA Board of Trustees (Board) promotes the benefits of participating in education-based high school activities and recognizes the overwhelming disappointment this decision is for the students and athletes, especially seniors. The Board’s highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students, schools and communities during this challenging time and looks forward to the day when students are again participating in education-based activities. The Board will meet in the coming weeks to address any concerns that arise with member schools from the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the UHSAA staff remains optimistic that fall sports will commence as scheduled, it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time. The UHSAA staff will continue to monitor any additional information provided by the Governor’s Office and the State Superintendent’s Office as it relates to interscholastic activities.