Alberta student-athletes will have to wait to return to competition.
The Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Executive Committee has announced that high school sports will not begin until September 1 and there will be no competitions between schools until the province enters Phase 3 of relaunch.
As of last Thursday, golf, cross-country running, football, and cheerleading will begin in September.
Volleyball will not start until the first operational day for teachers which is expected to be in early September.
All provincial championships are postponed as well.
The decisions were made mainly due to safety concerns for athletes, staff, and those typically involved in sporting events and activities.
Changes will remain in place until the Government of Alberta (GoA) moves into Stage 3 of their Recovery Plan.
Currently, there is no set timeline for when Stage 3 will begin.
Athletes will be returning to their respective sports in a much different format than they are used to.
Teams will be able to practice in school as long as their school board allows it and GoA cohort restrictions are followed.
Cohorts include up to 50 athletes and team personnel.
Multi-sport athletes will not be able to switch between sports without self-isolating for 14 days before playing with the other.
However, cohorts are not allowed to interact with one another.
Scrimmages and games against other schools will not be allowed until further notice.
Student athletes, coaches, volunteers, and parents or guardians who drop athletes off at practice will be required to fill out a tracking log as well to potentially track the spread of COVID-19.
The Safe Return to High School Athletics guideline document is on the ASAA website for participants to follow.
Decisions for the upcoming winter and spring seasons will be made closer to their expected start dates.