For the moment, it appears as if New Hampshire will provide its high school student-athletes with a fall sports season, including football, which is scheduled to begin practices on Tuesday, September 8. Other sports, including bass fishing, soccer, and volleyball will also be permitted to practice on the same day.
In an update about the fall sports season posted on the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) website, the organization has categorized sports into three categories: high risk, medium risk, and low risk. And as expected, football, along with sprint, were classified as high-risk activities, so the earliest both sports could play games is Friday, September 25.
Two sports – bass fishing and golf – can begin their respective seasons as soon as Thursday, September 10, while cross-country, field hockey, soccer, unified soccer, and volleyball can begin competing against other schools on Friday, September 18.
The NHIAA also unveiled plans for postseason competition in today’s update for some sports while football and golf will have to wait for a future discussion (and announcement), which is scheduled to occur “in the coming weeks.”
Like most organizations, the NHIAA will be flexible when it comes to scheduling – they know challenges loom in the distance due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Additionally, they noted in today’s announcement that fall sports decisions will be decided by individual schools.
New Hampshire is not the only state hoping to provide its fall athletes with some competition this fall as Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have all shared plans for their respective seasons, which would all begin with practices in mid-to-late September. But will those seasons occur remains an unknown?