Monday was supposed to mark the first day of golf, tennis and boys soccer practice across the state.
Instead, Iowa high school athletes will have to wait until at least April before starting or resuming official spring sports practices.
In a joint release Monday morning, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Iowa High School Music Association and Iowa High School Speech Association announced that they were suspending spring activities for four weeks.
That is in connection with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' recommendation that schools across the state close for a four-week period in response to the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to the release, all boys and girls sports “are now in a prohibited period for practice, competition and sanctioned activity until the closure is lifted. This prohibition means no in-person contact between coaches/administrators and student-athletes for the duration of the period.”
That will delay the start of boys and girls golf, tennis and soccer and suspend the already underway track and field season.
Future events after the four-week closure recommendation, meanwhile, will be “updated as the situation develops.”
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that in-person events of 50-or-more people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks.
The two athletic associations promised that any further schedule adjustments, including their effects on the season lengths and postseason events, will be announced through their respective websites.