Colorado High School Activities Association is revisiting the idea of playing high school football this fall.
CHSAA has asked Governor Jared Polis’s office to modify stipulations. Under the current variances, only 25 people are allowed on the sidelines. CHSAA has requested that number be changed to 50, to make it more feasible to play football.
We are resubmitting modified variances & safety implementation plans previously submitted to the Gov's COVID Team for football, spirit & volleyball in hopes they will be reconsidered. We will also submit variances for field hockey, gymnastics, soccer & unified bowling. #copreps
— CHSAA (@CHSAA) September 12, 2020
If Governor Polis agrees to the change, then high school football will be played in Colorado this fall.
We are currently working with @CHSAA to approve variances for football and field hockey, and we will work together to develop guidelines or variances for additional sports at a later date and indoor sports when they can safely be played.
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) September 12, 2020
Colorado’s decision surrounding fall sports has been a rollercoaster. On August 4th, CHSAA postponed football until February 22nd, 2021. Last Monday, CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said that the board was considering changes to the 2020-2021 activity schedule, including football. The next day, Governor Polis stated that he wants to see football played this fall. That night, CHSAA met and voted unanimously to stick with not playing until 2021.
However, we understand there is a strong desire by many schools to play. If the Governor’s office provides the requested variance, sources tell FootballScoop the CHSAA is likely to allow those schools that opt in to playing to proceed with a Fall schedule. Schools that are not ready to do so, are expected to have an option to play in the Spring.
A potential timeline for a possible fall season has not been made public. And an agreement between CHSAA and the Governor’s office has not yet been reached.
If the Governor truly wants to allow high school football, the answer is a simple variance approval away.
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