No cancellations or spectator limitations planned for spring sports at this time
With Covid-19, better known as the Coronavirus, now officially declared a global pandemic and the disease taking greater hold in Maryland, national and local sporting events have become increasingly impacted. In response, MIAA Executive Director Lee Dove has issued a statement on the disease.
“The MIAA is continuing to monitor the latest news and updates concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Dove. “We will adhere to official recommendations as directed by state and local government and health administration authorities as related to this developing situation. At this time there have been no specific directives given to our member schools as to limiting or postponing athletic events.”
In an address to the nation, from the Oval Office Wednesday night, President Trump announced a 30-day travel ban to Europe which will get underway Monday, in hopes of further curtailing the spread of the virus. Also on Wednesday the NBA announced that it is suspending its season indefinitely and, previously, the NCAA announced that it will hold its men’s and women’s basketball championships in empty arenas. Locally, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), which governs the state’s public school athletic programs, announced that this weekend’s state basketball championships will also be largely closed to public. Further, Anne Arundel County announced that its spring athletic contests will continue to be played, but the games will take place without spectators, indefinitely.
Fortunately for the MIAA, it’s winter championship events were all completed in February, but the spring sports season is underway. Traditionally, the MIAA defers autonomy over the management of its regular season events to its individual members schools, while the Association manages post-season events. To date, no MIAA member school has announced any plans to limit its spring sports programs or to curtail spectator attendance.
Dove stated that some modifications to post-game rituals have been approved.
“We have given approval for our school programs to offer verbal congratulations after contests as opposed to the formal handshake in order to express good sportsmanship,” said Dove.
“The links below will direct you to informational websites where the latest updates on COVID-19 can be accessed. Please be assured that the MIAA takes this concern seriously and will update our decisions on actions to be taken as they are determined. The safety and well being of everyone concerned with MIAA sports is our top priority. Your understanding and support is appreciated.”