MIAA postpones start of spring season to April 27

Staff Writer
Published: 3/16/2020 5:10:43 PM

Following Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement that schools in Massachusetts will close for at least three weeks, the MIAA announced a delay to the start of the spring sports season Monday.

Teams cannot begin practice until April 27. They were going to start March 30, but the MIAA Board of Directors voted to further postpone because of recent mandates from Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies.

Games cannot begin until 11 days after the first practice.

The board of directors also voted to set the completion date for the regular season and tournament games as June 20. June 21 will also be considered depending on weather and facility needs.

The tournament management committee will determine the structure of the season. They will present a plan to the board for review on March 25. The first step will be establishing protocol for remote meetings because all in-person meetings were postponed until April 7, TMC member and Northampton Interim Associate Principal Kara Sheridan said.

“These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities,” the MIAA wrote on its website. “These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed.”

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