The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Executive Board voted to reinstate the winter sports season during a special executive meeting held on Monday. This means that all basketball, soccer and wrestling teams can resume their seasons immediately and games will begin the week of January 18th.
The re-vote occurred during a virtual conference call with the Executive Board after hearing feedback from its member schools. The board had previously voted to cancel the winter sports season after a 5-4 vote last week, but the latest vote passed by a 5-4 margin meaning sports are allowed to resume with modifications.
New modifications to the season include:
- All students, coaches and officials will be required to wear a cloth mask or gaiter for the entirety of a game/contest.
- Each school will complete the AIA COVID-19 Athlete/Coach Monitoring Form the day of all games/contests and provide a copy to the opposing school prior to the contest.
- Up to two parents or legal guardians may attend their student-athlete’s home games as allowed by the school and county guidelines.
- Any school that violates any of the mandatory modifications, including the COVID-19 Return to Play Form, will lose access to AIA officiating.
The AIA also announced that once hospitalizations decrease to more acceptable levels, the Executive Board may also reconsider additional sport-specific modifications and the allowance of more fans.