Alabama High School Athletic Association executive director Steve Savarese told AL.com on Tuesday that high school sports remain in “wait and see” mode in the wake of statewide school closures caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
In an interview with AL.com sports reporter Ben Thomas, Savarese said the AHSAA will follow the recommendations of the State Department of Education, which is scheduled to present those recommendations to Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday. Schools in Alabama are closed until at least April 6.
The AHSAA created a Spring Sports Contingency Committee that will study and provide plans for spring sports should they be able to resume.
Savarese told AL.com that if spring sports are able to resume, they could do so without postseason tournaments.
“We have discussed all kinds of options. We discussed what happens if we return April 6. Different sports would need different lead times for the health and safety protocols of our student-athletes. We have asked the medical advisory board for specific information on that,” Savarese told the web site. “(Baker softball) coach (Tony) Scarbrough told me at one point, ‘If we get back in school, just let us play. That’s all we want.’ If we get to a point where health and safety protocols don’t allow enough time for championship play, one option we did consider was just letting kids play — whoever they could schedule, whatever tournaments they could play — anything just to get back to a sense of normalcy.”