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At least there is still a glimmer of hope for some high school sports to return.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association released a 13-page update on Friday, which says the high school sports governing body is in Phase 3 of re-opening.
So, basically, some high school sports can return after the first of the year.
The Phase 3 guidelines, with modifications, are based on the state’s Emergency Directive 034.
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NIAA co-assistant director Donnie Nelson wrote:
“The NIAA office staff has, over the course of the past couple of months, presented multiple fall season sport-by-sport, return-to-play scenarios to our various leadership groups. Recently, of course, Directive 034 stated that football (along with the winter season sports of basketball and wrestling) cannot yet be contested. Accordingly, the state’s superintendents and the NIAA’s member schools continue to believe that starting up January 2nd with winter sports is the best path forward. The NIAA office staff does not foresee the starting up of any fall season sports prior to the beginning of the currently amended calendar.”
“It must be noted that sports listed in the Minimal Contact level (Directive 034) could not be contested prior to this move into Phase 3 of the NIAA Guidance. However, it will be necessary for the governor’s office to take further action for the sports of basketball, wrestling and football to be contested.”
That means football, wrestling and basketball are still not allowed to start competition.
Of the three winter sports, two are in the “not-allowed” list, leaving ski racing as the lone winter sport in Northern Nevada.
If there is any good news from the update, it is that the NIAA is slightly closer to the possibility of competition in full- and close-contact sports.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.