New statement explains the MIAA’s continued postponement of interscholastic athletics; a reassessment remains scheduled for mid-October

by Gary Adornato

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), in response to a massive email campaign directed to MIAA Executive Director Lee Dove, has issued a new statement on the current postponement of interscholastic sports in the conference.

According to Dove, he has received hundreds of emails in recent days from concerned parents who demand the immediate return of high school sports in the conference. To date, the MIAA has not cancelled any of its sports offerings. Instead, in a joint state with the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) in August, it announced a postponement of the fall sports season, promising to reassess circumstances in mid-October when the joint task force, as well as the executive committees of each conference, are scheduled to meet again. In addition, since the 2020 spring sports season was shutdown by the Covid-19 pandemic, the MIAA has explored multiple contingency plans to offer all three sports seasons at some point within the 2020-21 school year.

Here is the text of the MIAA’s most recent statement:

In response to the many inquiries that have been received by the MIAA from concerned parents and student athletes regarding fall sports, we hear you. We all share in the desire to return to the competitive arena as soon as it is safe to do so. As an athletic organization, representing our twenty-nine member schools, the MIAA exists to serve at the direction and support of our athletic directors and school administrators. With our member schools each in various stages of the reopening process, the concept of trying to resume interscholastic sports at this time is not feasible. The leadership of the MIAA (and the IAAM) determined in August that a reassessment of conditions and evaluation of member school operations at a date to be determined in early to mid-October would best permit for an honest and timely accounting of the potential for the prudent resumption of interscholastic sports. While sports activities have resumed for other entities and in other states, the member institutions of the MIAA are not yet prepared to take that step. We will continue to develop our plans for a practical and safe return to play for the student athletes at our member schools when deemed appropriate.