Governor Henry McMaster’s order to extend school closures through the end of April also means the continued suspension of public school sports during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The S.C. High School League reiterated its compliance with the state order as well as plans to hold an April 2 teleconference to determine the status of spring sports.
“We must continue the suspension of athletics not only as a necessity safety measure, but to fully comply with the Governor’s Executive Order,” Commissioner Jerome Singleton said Wednesday in a statement. “We plan to have the SCHSL Executive Committee reconvene via teleconference on April 2, 2020 to review the spring sports schedule. It saddens me to say at this time, there is not a prediction to when middle and high school athletics will resume.”
SCISA will also comply with the governor’s order as it has suspended spring sports through April 3. While its schools will remain closed past that date, Director of Athletics Mike Fanning said SCISA has formulated plans should they receive medical clearance from the governor and DHEC to resume sporting activities as quickly as possible.
Fanning said “all activities are still on the table” in regards to completing spring sports this school year with an abbreviated regular season or post-season. SCISA could conduct tournaments in golf, softball and track and field in a weekend and plans are still being discussed for baseball depending on what Fanning believes is “feasible”.
While still hoping to conduct graduations, Fanning said current plans do not have SCISA extending its spring sports seasons into June.
There are 6 SCISA schools (Ben Lippen, Cardinal Newman, Heathwood Hall, Hammond School, Northside Christian, W.W. King) with athletic programs in the Midlands.