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DIAA making plans for abbreviated spring sports season

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The Newark Charter boys lacrosse team is pictured in this 2017 file photo.

The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association is making plans for an abbreviated spring sports schedule – one that would begin in late May and extend beyond the end of the school year.

However, officials cautioned that the plan is contingent on Gov. John Carney lifting the state of emergency and allowing students to return to class on May 18.

Carney’s current order mandates schools stay closed through May 15, though it’s possible he could extend that if conditions warrant. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday he was keeping schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

If Delaware schools reopen as planned, spring sports teams will start practicing May 18. Schools will then have a four-week period to schedule games, starting May 26 and ending June 20 – two days after the end of the school year in the Christina School District.

The DIAA’s typical rules for the maximum number of games per week will still apply.

“Our student-athletes can now truly prepare to be ready to return to action on May 18,” DIAA Executive Director Donna Polk said in a prepared statement. “The creative ways teams have bonded together to train and work on their individual skills during the suspension period will definitely pay off once you return together as a team. We look forward to seeing all on the field, court, track and course. Until that day approaches, focus academically, be safe, be healthy and continue to practice social distancing. We are in this together.”

The DIAA will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and make adjustments to the plan as needed. Decisions about spring sports championships will be made next month.

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