The DIAA Board of Directors met via videoconference April 9, when they approved a modified regular spring sports season. The board's motion was contingent upon Gov. John Carney lifting the state of emergency and public schools reopening May 18.
The DIAA board’s guidance for spring sports will allow a week’s acclimation period for student-athletes to practice starting May 18. Schools will have a four-week period to schedule games from May 26 to June 20, following DIAA regulations for weekly maximum games allowed.
According to a press release, “DIAA is committed to the health and safety of student-athletes and supports opportunities for participation when possible within the current guidelines allowed due to COVID-19. DIAA's No. 1 priority through the COVID-19 pandemic is to keep students, coaches, member schools and communities safe. DIAA will continue to monitor and navigate through these unprecedented times to ensure a good experience for student-athletes and adjust as the situation presents. The DIAA Board of Directors will make a decision for spring sports championships at next month’s board meeting.”
“Today we received great news with the DIAA board’s decision for a modified regular spring sports season. Our student-athletes can now truly prepare to be ready to return to action on May 18. The creative ways teams have bonded together to train and work on their individual skills during the suspension period will definitely pay off once you return together as a team. We look forward to seeing all on the field, court, track and course. Until that day approaches, focus academically, be safe, be healthy and continue to practice social distancing. We are in this together,” said DIAA Executive Director Donna Polk.