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DIAA Fall Sports Season to Begin September 28

 DIAA Fall Sports Season to Begin September 28

 

Dover, DE (September 18, 2020) - The State Board of Education approved Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) amended emergency regulation 1010 by a 4-3 vote which officially grants permission for interscholastic athletics to occur with fall season sports starting on September 28th.  

Whether or not schools will offer sports will be left up to local school leaders and school districts to make that decision.  Member schools that do offer interscholastic athletics will be required to adhere to the guidance of the States' Orders, Division of Public Health's guidelines, and DIAA regulations.

Fall sports will have a three-week preseason and football will have a twenty-five day preseason beginning on September 28th.  Cross country will be permitted to have up to 12 dates of competition.  Volleyball, field hockey and boys soccer will be permitted to have up to 12 contests and football will have a seven-game schedule.  Winter sports preseason will begin on November 30th and spring sports will begin on March 1st.  

DIAA remains committed to protecting the physical well-being of all student athletes.  All individuals, including student athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and spectators shall wear face coverings as required by the State’s emergency order.   

In compliance with Governor Carney's executive orders, it is important to note that before any member school hosts any practices, scrimmages, or competitions indoors, the member school shall provide documentation of receiving approval from the Delaware Division of Public Health to host the indoor sport to the DIAA office.  All coaches and student athletes will continue to be screened by their member school for COVID-19 symptoms prior to approved athletic activities.  Member schools should follow DIAA’s Return to Play Plan Stage 3 requirements effective September 17th and Stage 4 requirements September 28th.  

The DIAA Board of Directors will meet again next week on Thursday, September 24 to develop a plan for a phased in approach for football and safety protocol for game administration and considerations for officials and spectators.

For media inquiries contact Alison May at  Alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, and for information regarding DIAA, contact diaa@doe.k12.de.us 
 
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