State by State Return to Play Report: Nebraska – Pennsylvania

As states continue to confirm ‘return to play’ plans for the Fall, or in some cases the Spring, we’ve compiled a list of all 50 states and the status of girls high school volleyball in each. If you have information or announcements from your state, you can email Today we’re headed from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. Let’s check in with how some states are handling Fall sports. 

*Updated: 8/7/2020*

Nebraska – The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is preparing to begin Fall high school sports as regularly scheduled, as per its announcement on July 20. 

Nevada – Outside of the Durango Classic being cancelled, In the Silver State, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) has released the high school sports schedule for 2020-2021, which will begin February 20, 2021 and end on April 10.

New Hampshire – Its all quiet on the New Hamshire front, with the state taking a wait and see approach surrounding Fall sports. The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) has set parameters for summer workouts that are currently ongoing and offered mental health support modules for athletes and students impacted by Covid-19. 

New Jersey – The Garden State has delayed the beginning of the Fall sports season until October 1 but cancelled all Fall State Championships. On July 20, Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing contact drills, practices, and competition, so long as it occurs at an outdoor venue. 

New Mexico – After the July 9 decision to delay Fall contact sports until the Spring, and non-contact sports until October 5, the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) confirmed that it had also eliminated all regular-season tournaments, as well as overnight travel for the impending school year. The last week of the volleyball season now falls into the week of Thanksgiving, creating some scheduling issues. 

New York – As announced on July 16, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced a delay in the Fall sports season as well as the cancellation of all Fall regional and state championships. They also provided a number of models for alternative plans should the Fall season be cancelled, one of which was to have Fall sports begin in February. 

North Carolina – On June 15, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) lifted the dead period on athletics and has given each school district the power to decide if and when to start summer activities and sports. Meanwhile, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) delayed fall practices for those private schools that participate until August 10, with scrimmages to start on August 24 and competition to start on August 31. The NCHSAA announced that it would also delay the season, with practices unable to start until September 1. 

North Dakota – On July 16, the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) came to a unanimous decision to proceed as planned with Fall sports, beginning with practices on August 17 for volleyball. 

Ohio – Ohio’s Department of Health gave the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) the go-ahead for Fall sports, so long as they follow the department’s health guidelines. Practices are set to begin August 1, and regular-season games on August 24. Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted was quoted Tuesday August 4, saying, “We are still working with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to finalize that plan, and we are still considering many options,” Husted said at a news conference. “We are trying to keep the options open because we want student-athletes to return to play.” A handful of counties have recommended that no Fall sports be played until at least October 1. According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), it is well within their rights. Cincinnati is one of the most recent to announce that all Fall athletics will be put on pause until late September. 

Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has yet to delay or cancel any Fall sports, leaving most decisions up to individual school districts to shut down or go virtual and set their own safety guidelines. OSSAA executive director David Jackson confirmed that students who choose to opt into virtual learning will still be eligible to participate in athletics. 

Oregon – Oregon is the latest state to postpone Fall high school sports until next year. On August 5, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced that it “shifted its traditional Fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar approved by the association’s Executive Board on Wednesday.” Girls’ volleyball is set to begin February 22.

Pennsylvania – On Wednesday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) voted unanimously to proceed with Fall sports as planned, adding a handful of precautionary measures and clarifications. Any district that offers fully online learning would still be permitted to participate in high school sports. The PIAA also offered up two back up plans that would delay high school sports until September 14, or October 5. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, one of the largest in the state, has announced that it will delay the start of the Fall sports season until September 25, after a unanimous vote of 18-0. Volleyball teams in the EPC will have 11 total matches (10 in conference and one seeded match). The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association posted a news release stating, “In addressing the COVID-19 crisis and how it has affected the 67 counties differently, PIAA understands the flexibility needed by school districts to make localized measured decisions, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.” 

Tomorrow we’ll have the conclusion of our list, including Rhode Island through Wyoming. Stay tuned. 


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    July 24, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Nevadas Fall sports season was revised yesterday postponing it to Spring. Please see the NIAA website.
    Thank you

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