It looks like the Arizona Interscholastic Association is planning another major shake-up of the fall high school sports season. On the AzPreps365 website, all previously announced fall sports schedules in every sport have been removed.
A statement on the website’s home page and all the team pages states, “AIA’s Recommended Guidelines are currently being reviewed and update based on current information, especially in consideration of the metrics that are now in place. The Guideline will return once the update is complete.”
No further details are offered on the AzPreps365 website.
The same statement, again with no further details, can be found on the AIA’s other website, aiaonline.
The “Guidelines” referred to the AIA’s guidelines for schools resuming sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s schools were closed to in-person classes in March, and the spring sports seasons were cancelled.
The Parker Broncs’ football and volleyball schedules have already been changed from what they were when they were first announced. The schedules were changed to having both seasons starting play more than a month later than usual, and playing far fewer games.
According to azcentral.com, 25 school districts around the state have cancelled fall sports for 2020. Most of them are in tribal areas or the northern part of the state. This reflects the impact the pandemic has had on Native American tribes, most notably the Navajo Nation. One school, Tohono O’odham, has asked to cancel all sports for the 2020-21 school year.
The following is a list of the Arizona high schools that have cancelled fall sports for 2020. New schools added since this list was last published include Tucson School for the Deaf and Blind, Cibecue, Pinon, Red Mesa, Red Valley-Cove, San Carlos, San Pasqual of Winterhaven, Calif. and Tohono O’odham.
Tucson Arizona School for Deaf/Blind
Tuba City Greyhills Academy
Keams Canyon Hopi
Kayenta Monument Valley
Buckeye Odyssey Institute
Winterhaven (Calif.) San Pasqual
Fort Defiance Window Rock
Tohono O’odham (all sports 2020-21)
In addition, the three state universities, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University will not be playing fall sports. Their NCAA conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Sky Conference, have decided not to play fall sports this year.