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CHSAA announces two sports cleared to begin practicing in August

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Posted at 9:53 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 15:13:59-04

AURORA, Colo. — Two high school sports have been given the thumbs up to start the season soon.

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) announced Wednesday softball and men's tennis can begin Aug. 10 after they got clearance from the state.

This is now the third sport to be cleared to play, tennis being the first. Practice can begin August 3. CHSAA’s commissioner, Rhonda Blanford-Green, says golf was an easy decision because it met all state and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

While tennis and softball certainly have less player-to-player exposure than other sports like football and basketball, Blanford-Green said that wasn’t the deciding factor in pushing those sports to the state for approval.

“Not even the lack of contact. I would say those three sports can meet this current safety guidelines under the CDC, under the Colorado Department of Health, in line with the “return to learn” guidelines that have been outlined with the Colorado Department of Education,” Blanford-Green said.

Blanford-Green added they have submitted a plan to the state for the other remaining 26 sports and activities. They are hoping to get a response by the end of the week.