FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 18, 2021
Spring Activities are Here. Winter Season a Success.
TOPEKA, Kan. – Spring activities begin for the students in Kansas as a successful winter season ended with the culmination of the State Basketball Championships, March 13th. The KSHSAA is proud of students and staff in member schools for successfully completing the winter season with 100% of the schools who took part finishing the season to a natural conclusion.
There were no reports of team cancellations related to COVID-19 in the winter postseason.
“Long before the winter season began the KSHSAA put into place mitigation strategies to follow that we felt would lead to a successful and safe winter season,” said KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick. “Our strategies combined with school district and county health guidelines all factored into students getting a chance to participate in activities they enjoy while learning and growing through the process.”
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), 35 states were able to offer a wrestling season with 23 of those starting their season after January 1, and 43 now have offered some sort of basketball season. Twenty-six states delayed the start of their basketball season to after the first of the year and eight states are not offering a championship in basketball. (NFHS https://www.nfhs.org/articles/winter-sports-seasons-guide/)
The KSHSAA extends thanks to those state site facilities and communities that opened their doors for our events. Without their commitment to help offer an event the winter championship season would have been difficult to complete.
When the COVID-19 pandemic grabbed hold of the country last March it closed schools and canceled the entire spring activity season. Throughout the months of June and July while navigating what the upcoming school year would look like, the KSHSAA leadership maintained a top priority of conducting the spring 2021 season.
“While we are pleased with the success of our fall and winter activities, it is important to note we are not yet done with the school year,” said Faflick. “In order for this year to be truly successful, all stakeholders must remain diligent in all risk mitigation protocols in order for students to remain in school and to give spring activities the best chance to conclude in championship season.”
The exact format of each activity’s postseason will be determined later this month, but for now the seasons will start on time. The official first day of competition has begun for boys tennis, girls swimming and diving, girls soccer, track and field, baseball and softball, with festivals and championships coming up in April for music and speech and drama.
Attendance at spring activities is up to the school district and local county health guidelines.
Best of luck to the spring students as they embark on a return to the stage, pool, diamond, track, field and court.