Fall high school football may be back on the table

By Chris Freud
Vail Daily

VAIL — Upon further review, we might yet have a high school football season in the fall.

Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green sent out an email to its member schools on Monday, saying that Gov. Jared Polis and the organization were, “reconsider(ing) the 2020-2021 football season as previously approved by (Polis’) office.”

Blanford-Green continued to write, “The Governor, his team and I will be meeting this week with a subsequent meeting scheduled with the CHSAA Board of Directors. My goal is to provide the membership with an update on or before 9/10 (Thursday).”

Those directors were scheduled to meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m., according to multiple sources.

Meanwhile, Polis spoke out on high school football on Tuesday, according to The Denver Post, saying, “We want to work with (CHSAA). If their board moves forward and wants to propose a fall season for CHSAA football, we would be thrilled to work with them to make that happen for the districts that are ready to go.”

According to a separate email obtained by the Vail Daily, “This is for Football only. No other sports. It appears that the recommendation will be to approve a Fall season of football with the ability for schools or to make a choice to have the ability to participate in Season C.”

As indicated, there is no talk yet of moving Season C sports like soccer or volleyball to the fall, and school districts would make their decisions on whether to play football in the fall or the spring, likely depending on local coronavirus conditions.

Were the governor and CHSAA to give the go-ahead to fall football, schools that wish to play in the fall would be allowed voluntary practices until the new official start day of Sept. 21. According to the newest plan, competition begins Oct. 1, using the seven-game schedule already worked up for Season C.

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