MIAA again pushes back start of 2020 spring sports season

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The spring sports season was originally scheduled to start today, then got pushed back to March 30 because of COVID-19, and now, it will be pushed back again. The MIAA Board of Directors voted on Monday to move the start of the 2020 spring season to April 27 following mandates from Governor Charlie Baker.

"These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities," wrote the MIAA in a release. "These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed."

The Board of Directions also voted to have the completion of the regular season and tournament games by June 20, with consideration of June 21, for weather and facility needs. The end of the season will line up with last year's schedule, which means that teams will deal with shortened regular seasons, if and when the season gets going.

Details surrounding the spring season will be addressed by the Tournament Management Committee and an update will be reviewed by the Board by March 25, according to the release.

Per an earlier email from Pittsfield and Taconic athletic director Jim Abel, "Spring coaches shall not have any person-to-person contact with any returning or prospective team members," and "zero formal or informal team activities shall be organized."

Despite another delay to the spring sports season, the MIAA is working to salvage some of the season, instead of just cancelling it altogether.

"Thank you for your patience while dealing with this very fluid situation," the MIAA wrote,"Be well."

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

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