The CIAC Board of Control met on April 23 to discuss plans for a spring sports experience, pending schools reopening, and covered other related topics. The outcome is that if a spring sports season of any kind is held, it will take place only in the month of June; and all spring tournament games are canceled.
"The CIAC appreciates and respects the efforts made by Governor Lamont and Commissioner Cardona to keep our school communities safe. All potential spring sport opportunities are contingent upon the governor’s office and the state department of education declaring that it is safe to return to school campuses and for athletic competition to resume," according to the CIAC's update. "If it is determined that school buildings will remain closed, and distance learning will continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, then the CIAC will cancel all spring sport experiences.
Carrying spring sport experiences from the current school year into July was a consideration but presents significant challenges for school districts and student-athletes, according to the update.
The CIAC's decision to not run playoff games stands to give more athletes a chance to play in a significantly abbreviated season.
"It is our position that any spring sports experience should maximize opportunities for student-athletes within individual schools and leagues. In considering these decisions, the CIAC surveyed superintendents, principals, and athletic directors. In addition, we consulted with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee. We also collaborated with Commissioner Cardona, sought input from the Department of Public Health, and received numerous communications from student-athletes and parents," according to the announcement.
As the CIAC prepare for its May 7th CIAC Board of Control meeting, CIAC officials will continue collaboration with all stakeholder groups. "We anticipate further guidance from the Commissioner Cardona and Governor Lamont on the status of school closures, as well as criteria for safely returning to community events and activities," the announcement reads.
In addition to spring sport experience, the following topics were also discussed:
• Sports Physicals – In consultation with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee, the standard of physicals being valid for a 13-month period will remain.
• Mandatory Practice Days – In consultation with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee, 10 days of practice/conditioning prior to competition will remain.
However, 5 days may be conducted at home, by individual student-athletes. The remaining 5 days must be with a coach.
• Academic Eligibility for Students with Incomplete – Discussion on this topic will continue at the May 7th meeting.
• Out-of-Season Coaching and Rostered Students - Discussion on this topic will continue at the May 7th meeting.
• Transfer Rule Eligibility for Fall Sports - Discussion on this topic will continue at the May 7th meeting.
• Criteria for Reopening Interscholastic Athletic Competition - Discussion on this topic will continue at the May 7th meeting, pending guidance from the governor’s office, state department of education, and the department of public health.