Official IHSAA release today

(NNDC)

March 12, 2020

IHSAA State Tournaments to continue with Limited to No Spectators Commissioner Bobby Cox announced today that the remaining games in the IHSAA boys basketball state tournament will continue as scheduled but with limited spectators in attendance as Indiana seeks to prevent the
spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The IHSAA continues to monitor the impact of COV-19 around our state. Our primary focus has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our students and supporters attending our events. Given the recent and ongoing spread of the coronavirus and available information surrounding the pandemic, the IHSAA will conclude all winter tournament series events as scheduled with limited to no spectators in attendance. Individuals who are at higher risk for the disease as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are
strongly encouraged to refrain from attendance. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

The Association acknowledges these are unprecedented measures and is sympathetic to the loyal fans of education-based athletics in Indiana. Your understanding and support during these challenging times isappreciated.  Using the Center for Disease Control’s guidance regarding large gatherings, the IHSAA will limit games/events to approximately 250 individuals. Boys Basketball Regionals The boys basketball regional games are scheduled for Saturday (March 14) at 16 sites around the state. Semistates are Saturday, March 21 and the state finals are Saturday, March 28.  For the remaining games, each participating school will be allotted only 75 complimentary tickets aside from the 12 dressed players and to include only essential personnel, coaches, administrative staff and immediate family of players.

We regret that non-varsity boys basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games. This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.  Anyone holding a regional ticket will be issued a full refund at the point of purchase. Individuals must present the ticket(s) in order to receive a refund.  A very limited number of news media will be approved for covering the Saturday’s regional games. All print and  broadcast news media must request credentials via email through the IHSAA staff from a recognized business account, not the host school. A final list of approved news media will be shared with each host school to allow
admittance on Saturday.

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