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High School Field Hockey Season Modifications

Aug. 12, 2020, 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Portions of this Content Courtesy of the NFHS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - August 12, 2020 - Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several state and sport associations have delayed, altered or postponed their fall 2020 sports seasons. To help navigate the ongoing changing landscape of high school fall seasons, USA Field Hockey has been in contact with regional and organizational leaders to help keep student-athletes, parents, coaches and followers up-to-date with the latest information. 

Refer to the list below for each state's current status of fall sports and how it effects the sport of field hockey. 

*This list will be continually updated.
** Updated: September 18, 2020

California:

Colorado: Season has been postponed until March 1, 2021.

  • During a meeting on September 16, 2020, the Colorado High School State Athletic Association (CHSAA) Board of Directors voted to approve variances from the Governor's COVID Response Team which will provide member schools with the local option to play field hockey, football and sideline spirit during the fall (Season A) season. Read more.
  • Following a series of meetings over multiple days, the 15 schools that play field hockey came to a consensus decision that the sport would play in Season C this spring. Read more.

Connecticut: Season currently scheduled to begin August 29.

Delaware: Season has been postponed until February 2021. On September 10, the DIAA board voted to amend Emergency Regulation 1010, which grants permission fro interscholastic athletics to occur with fall season sports starting September 28. The amended Emergency Regulation 1010 is subject to the State Board of Education's approval, at its next regularly scheduled board meeting on September 17.

Illinois: 
Season has been postponed to the spring of 2021.

Kentucky: 
Season currently scheduled to begin August 24.

Maine: Season currently scheduled to begin September 8.

Maryland/Washington D.C.
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Massachusetts: Season currently scheduled to begin September 18. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has also released modified rules for fall sports. Click here for field hockey modifications.

Michigan: Decisions on competitions, or to delay further, will be made on or by August 20.

Missouri
District assignments for fall seasons will be released September 18. Member schools have until September 11 to notify if there is a sport that will not be able to participate in the postseason

New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC): Fall championships are canceled. Schools can now also use the normal NEPSAC post-season week (November 6-12) in order to schedule additional fall play if they so desire.

New Hampshire: First date to practice is September 8, with field hockey, classified as a moderate risk sport, scheduled to begin the season on September 18.

New JerseySeason is currently scheduled to begin October 1. All outdoor fall sports will start practice on September 14.

New YorkPractice and play may begin effective September 21, 2020. However, travel for practice or play is prohibited outside of the school’s region or contiguous regions/counties until October 19, 2020.

North Carolina: 

Ohio: Season scheduled to begin August 21.
 
Pennsylvania: Season scheduled to begin August 24.

Rhode Island: 
Season currently scheduled to begin September 14.

Texas/Oklahoma: 

Vermont: All Vermont schools will begin the academic year in Step II and the decision to move to Step III will be determined by the Department of Health. It should be anticipated that schools will be in Step II for a minimum of two weeks after school opens for academic instruction. Games and meets may only occur between or involve Vermont-based teams or teams from counties eligible for quarantine-free travel, based on the most recent map published by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Field hockey may hold team practice sessions, inter-squad scrimmages within a school program and interscholastic games. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted.

Virginia:

  • Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA): Fall championships have been canceled. The VISAA recognizes conferences and schools may make individual decisions to compete in fall sports.
  • Virginia High School League (VHSL): Season has been postponed until February 4, 2021.
    • On September 17, the VHSL Executive Committee voted unanimously (33-0-0) to adopt the "Championships + 1" schedule for the FY 2021 Athletic and Academic Activities season. This would put field hockey in Season 2 taking place February 4 through May 1, with the first contest date of March 1.

WisconsinSeason currently scheduled to begin August 20.