DES MOINES, IA – Baseball and Softball in the Hawkeye State are one step closer to being back on the diamond. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made the announcement in her Wednesday press conference that she will allow high school activities to resume beginning next month.
“Effective June 1, Iowa schools will be permitted to resume school-sponsored activities and learning, according to the APPROPRIATE public health precautions,” reynolds said. “this will include high school baseball and softball activities.”
State officials must still discuss the details with both the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to move forward with the Summer sports season. Ultimately, both the IHSAA and IGHSAU have the final decision on whether or not to allow Summer sports to take place. In previous releases, both organizations have outlined that if a return-to-play date was established for June 1, teams could begin practicing that day, and first competitions would be scheduled for June 15.
Governor Reynolds also commented on the possible resumption of play for youth sports this Summer:
“We’re also working with youth sports associations to develop a plan to bring other sports ACTIVITIES back for the summer, and more will be coming on that next week.”
Further scheduling announcements will be made by both the IHSAA & IGHSAU in the coming days.