The New Mexico Activities Association board of directors, by an 8-4 vote, on Thursday chose June 15 as the phase one resumption date for the state’s long-on-hiatus high school athletics.
“I think it’s critically important that we get kids back into the athletics and activities mode as quickly as we can, as safely as we can,” said NMAA board president T.J. Parks, the superintendent in Hobbs.
There has not been an official game or practice in New Mexico since March 14, the final day of the state basketball tournament in Albuquerque. The coronavirus pandemic caused the NMAA to cancel all spring sports seasons soon thereafter.
SPORT-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES(What selected sports can begin doing starting June 15)
Football: Conditioning and individual drills (backpedal, etc.). A player should not participate in drills with a single ball that will be handed off or passed to teammates. Contact with other players is not allowed, and there should be no sharing of tackling dummies /donuts/sleds. Protective equipment prohibited.
Soccer: Conditioning, individual ball-skill drills, each player has own ball, feet only (no heading/use of hands), no contact.
Volleyball: Conditioning, individual ball-handling drills, each player has own ball. A player should not use a ball that others touch or hit in any manner.
Basketball: Conditioning, individual ball-skill drills, no contact or sharing of balls. A player may shoot with a ball(s), but a team should not practice/pass a single ball among the team where multiple players touch the same ball.
Baseball/Softball: Conditioning and tee work. Players should not share gloves or bats or throw a single ball that will be tossed among the team. A single player may hit in cages, throw batting practice (with netting as backstop, no catcher). Prior to another athlete using the same balls, they should be collected and cleaned individually.
Source: New Mexico Activities Association