The Arizona Interscholastic Association decided March 16 to cancel all school athletic activities until at least March 30. This came a day after Gov. Doug Ducey and Public Education Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced Arizona’s public schools would be closed until March 30 due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus.
The Parker High baseball team had four games scheduled during this period, while the softball team had three games. Home games with Phoenix Country Day School that had been scheduled for March 28 had already been canceled by PCDS.
Baseball games with Kingman Academy March 18, Phoenix Christian March 20, and Santa Cruz Valley March 27 have all been canceled. Softball games with Santa Cruz Valley March 16 and Kingman Academy March 18 have also been canceled.
Track meets in Bullhead City March 21 and Lake Havasu City March 28 have been canceled.
The Parker High golf team had planned to start their season March 24. That’s been pushed to March 30 at Emerald Canyon Golf Course.
The AIA said on their azpreps365 website that the spring championship tournaments will be played in their entirety if games resume March 30.
“The AIA Executive Board, at this time, has decided not to postpone or cancel the spring championship season,” the AIA’s Seth Polansky said in a statement on the azpreps365 website. “The governor’s office and the state health department have recommended a two-week suspension of school and activities. If this timeframe holds true, it should hopefully not impact postseason tournaments.”
Polansky said that, while games have been canceled, the AIA would respect the decisions of individual schools regarding practices during this period.
For more information, go to the azpreps365 website.