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NHIAA forges ahead with fall sports


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
August 06, 2020
REGION — The question of whether or not the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) would give the green light on fall sports has been up in the air until recently. Executive Director for NHIAA, Jeffrey Collins relayed in a statement that the Association has been working to devise a plan, that follows CDC guidelines for athletics.

"This dedicated group of individuals represents Physicians, Certified Athletic Trainers, Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Administrators, and University Professors across the state of New Hampshire," said Collins.

In his statement, Collins said that there will be guidelines that are 'sport-specific' on the return to play.

He explained, "Input was given as to rule changes/modifications necessary and specific to each sport. These additional guidelines were approved by the sport-specific committees as well as the Sports Medicine Committee."

Ultimately, it will be the decision of each district wether or not to bring back fall sports.

White Mountains Regional School District Athletic Director Kerry Brady said, "I'm happy that the start was pushed back so that we can get a chance to get the academic piece sorted out. When that is done then we can take a thorough look at athletics and the direction that we will go as a district."

Brady added, "For our student athletes, I would like to see them out playing this fall. I believe as DIII Athletic Directors we will need to look at regionalizing our schedules so that we are playing more of a local schedule no matter if they are Division II or Division IV schools."

The NHIAA did push back the start of practices to Sept. 8.

Athletic Director from Berlin, Craig Melanson said, "We are still in the planning stages and waiting to see how scheduling will pan out. We will be presenting to our school board this Thursday to see how we tackle sports for the Fall."

Fall schedules are listed on the NHIAA website, however those are subject to change, based on each district's decision.

Lastly, Collins said, "We recognize that returning to interscholastic competition this fall will be individual school decisions. We hope, however, that the guidelines provided by the state of New Hampshire, the NHIAA, and the actions taken thus far by the NHIAA Council will help schools and districts make informed decisions about what is best for their student-athletes this coming fall."

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