NSAA plans for fall sports season as scheduled

    The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as currently scheduled.
    First practices for football, volleyball, cross country, girls golf, boys tennis and softball are set to begin Aug. 10.
    “The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, and officials has been our priority as we work to provide activities for our member schools,” NSAA said in a news release this week.
    Chase County Schools Activities Director Troy Hauxwell asks students and parents to be patient.
    “The NSAA people want things to go back to normal,” he said, “but things change daily. We’re continuing to be proactive, but there are regulations and guidelines we have to follow.”
    Hauxwell feels bad for all CCS students in how much school they’ve missed.
    “It’s not just school and sports,” he said. “They’re missing that social development. We’ve just got to stay positive.”
    While the current NSAA schedule hasn’t changed yet, modifications may have to be made, and NSAA asks players, coaches and parents to be understanding and flexible.
    “We will continue to work with the Governor’s office, Nebraska Department of Education and the local health departments to make the best decisions for your students and our member schools,” the NSAA release continued.
    To be able to keep the schedule as planned, NSAA recommends the following:
    Keep all activities, practices, and scrimmages in-house to avoid interaction with other teams.
    Wear masks when not in competition
    Keep groups small and attendance recorded
    Wash your hands regularly
    Disinfect equipment regularly
    Stay home if you don’t feel well
    Stay home if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19


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