High school sport seasons will go on

CHSAA announces modified sport seasons for 2020-2021 athletics

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Emily Hogsett, Sport's Editor

Athletes all over Colorado have been patiently waiting to know if they will get their 2020-2021 sports seasons.  After months of not knowing what the future will hold, CHSAA has announced high school sports will go on.

CHSAA,  the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and Governor Polis have spent months determining how Colorado’s high school sports will happen, and if they will happen at all.  CHSAA  announced on August 4 all sports schedules for the 2020-2021 season.  The seasons have been modified, moved to different parts of the school year,  and are likely to change as new guidelines are released.

Sports have been divided into 4 different calendar categories (A,B,C,D), which are all at different times of the year.  Each calendar category will only last 7 weeks.  There will be a break from sports from October 18 through January 3 due to the expected rise of COVID-19 cases during that time.   

All fall sports with contact, such as field hockey, football, gymnastics, boys soccer, spirit, bowling, and girls volleyball, have been pushed back to later in the school year. 

“It is very sad knowing that I have to wait for almost 8 months to play football, but it is better than not being able to play at all,” football player and wrestler, Tanner True (21) said. 

Season A includes golf (began Aug. 3), softball (beginning Aug. 10), boys tennis (beginning Aug. 10), and cross country (beginning Aug. 12). These fall sports will end by October 17.   

  “I’m excited for the season to start and happy that we are able to play with the team we have this year,” golf team member Matt Paris (20) said. “My hopes for this season are to be able to make it to state as a team; I’m pretty confident in our capabilities this year.” 

Season B will begin January 4 and run through March 6.  During this time, basketball, ice hockey, skiing, spirit, girls swimming, and wrestling will occur.  

“It is going to be weird wrestling before football season, but I will be in good shape for football from wrestling,” True said.  

Season C includes field hockey, football, gymnastics, boys soccer, bowling, and girls volleyball.  These activities will begin March 1 and end by May 1.  Due to the safety and practice requirements for football, practice is able to begin February 22 and run through May 8, but games must occur within the March 1 to May 1 window.  

Season D will be in season from April 16 to June 16.  These sport seasons include baseball, girls golf, lacrosse, girls soccer, girls tennis, boys swimming, boys volleyball, and track and field.   

Even though high school sports aren’t going to be normal for the 2020-2021 seasons, Eaton athletes will still get the opportunity to show their skills and represent Eaton High School’s athletics.  The athletes are ready to be back on the court, on the field, and in competition.