Many things this year have been affected by the coronavirus, including high school football. For many schools across the state, guidelines are constantly changing.
“I think depending on the size of the school and the area of the state you’re in, things change just about daily,” said Mike Federico, the assistant director for the Idaho High School Activities Association.
Federico also said the individual schools wanted to be a part of the decision-making process from the start. They each had to develop participation plans that kept the students’ health and safety as the focus.
With these plans, some Idaho high schools were able to start their fall sports on time, while others have needed to delay the start of their season.
Along with some delayed starts, other changes have been affecting the players and coaches. Federico said some of those changes include wearing masks at school, during practice and sometimes during games.
The main goal of the IHSAA is to keep the students safe while still allowing them to get outside and play.
“Last spring, we had to cancel activities, and that was really hard on a lot of kids, parents and coaches… getting them back out there had been a really positive thing,” Federico said.
Updated information about Idaho high school fall sports and other activities is available online at ihsaa.org.