HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

UHSAA Proceeding With Fall Sports As Scheduled

Jul 28, 2020, 12:19 PM | Updated: Apr 26, 2021, 3:04 pm
American Fork celebrate their upset victory over Bingham in the 6A high school semifinal football g...
American Fork celebrate their upset victory over Bingham in the 6A high school semifinal football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The UHSAA met on Tuesday to reevaluate their decision three weeks ago when they unanimously approved fall sports and activities for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

When they met three weeks ago, they said they would meet again to reevaluate their decision.

Tuesday’s meeting was to “discuss data and best practices” according to a UHSAA spokesperson.

Sports impacted by the ruling include:
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Baseball (1A)
  • Boys Golf (2A-6A)
In the spring of 2020, UHSAA canceled all spring sports through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year due to the spread of COVID-19.

Transfer Rules

The UHSAA has received inquiries from out of state players but each player will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the state transfer rules will be the same.

Las Vegas and the state of California have moved their high school football season to the spring which is why UHSAA has received inquiries from out of state high school players.

Safety Measures

Three weeks ago, the UHSAA detailed safety measures for fall sports. Many of the protocols changed based on the state of Utah’s color-coded risk phases for contracting the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Utah Color-Code Risk Phases

  • Red – High Risk
  • Orange – Moderate Risk
  • Yellow – Low Risk
  • Green – New Normal

For example, if Utah is in a yellow phase during fall sports as opposed to a green phase, some of the safety measures will be heightened.

Some of the safety measures for the fall include:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and equipment
  • Hand sanitizer being readily available
  • Encouragement of proper social distancing and hygiene etiquette

In addition, each high school will still be under the jurisdiction of county health departments and must follow guidelines provided to them.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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