Responding to a considerable email campaign urging the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to reconsider when to start the fall sports season, the league’s website on Friday posted a statement from executive director Lee Dove that reiterated the private school league’s decision to postpone competition indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Aug. 13, the MIAA and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland jointly announced the indefinite postponement of the season and stated the leagues would reconvene in mid-October to further evaluate the situation.
Friday’s statement, written only on behalf of the MIAA, read:
In response to the many inquiries that have been received by the MIAA from concerned parents and student athletes regarding fall sports, we hear you. We all share in the desire to return to the competitive arena as soon as it is safe to do so. As an athletic organization, representing our twenty-nine member schools, the MIAA exists to serve at the direction and support of our athletic directors and school administrators. With our member schools each in various stages of the reopening process, the concept of trying to resume interscholastic sports at this time is not feasible. The leadership of the MIAA (and the IAAM) determined in August that a reassessment of conditions and evaluation of member school operations at a date to be determined in early to mid-October would best permit for an honest and timely accounting of the potential for the prudent resumption of interscholastic sports. While sports activities have resumed for other entities and in other states, the member institutions of the MIAA are not yet prepared to take that step. We will continue to develop our plans for a practical and safe return to play for the student athletes at our member schools when deemed appropriate.