• Indiana

IHSAA officially cancels spring sports season, after Gov. Holcomb closes schools for remainder of 2019-20 academic year

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, April 2, 2020, 4:28 pm

Like most other state high school associations, the IHSAA had held out hope of completing its 2019-20 athletic year on the field. 

It was not to be. 

Following the announcement Thursday by Gov. Eric Holcomb to close schools for the remainder of the academic year to slow the spread of COVID-19, the IHSAA followed suit, canceling its spring sports season. 

“The Indiana High School Athletic Association staunchly supports our Governor, our State Commissioner of Health and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction in their herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the IHSAA said in a news release Thursday. “We are extremely fortunate in Indiana to have these exemplary leaders providing guidance and care to all Hoosiers.”

Originally intending to play through the remainder of the winter postseason with no spectators, the IHSAA postponed the boys basketball state tournament on March 13 (but still held the gymnastics finals at Ball State the following weekend), then officially canceled the basketball tournament on March 19. 

This was the final step remaining.

“It is imperative that our students, coaches, officials, administrators and parents be encouraged in every manner to adhere to the guidance provided by our leadership. The Association understands the extreme seriousness of this pandemic and joins in support of current measures being implemented as well as future considerations,” the IHSAA release said. “In unwavering support yet with extreme sadness, we must cancel our spring sports programming. We join all Hoosiers in anticipation of a triumphant homecoming back to our schools in the fall of 2020 complete with a full complement of IHSAA sports.”

In Michigan, the MHSAA has an announcement set for Friday, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed schools there for the remainder of 2019-20.