DES MOINES, IA – Following Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announcement Wednesday that summer athletic seasons may be conducted for high school baseball and softball, both the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have agreed to move forward with the 2020 Summer Sports season.
Sanctioned summer sports will be allowed to resume practice on Monday, June 1, with first competitions scheduled for July 15 at the earliest. The original first practice dates were May 4 for softball and May 18 for baseball.
Member schools are to follow reopening guidance as supplied by the Iowa Department of Education, with recommendations based on discussions with the IGHSAU, IHSAA, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s office.
Both the IHSAA and IGHSAU have also said that fans will be permitted to attend games. Further sport-specific guidance and frequently asked questions lists will be released early next week.
The current plan also outlines that this year’s state tournaments will take place at their previously announced venues, IGHSAU softball at Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge, and IHSAA baseball at Principal Park in Des Moines.