NSAA Calls Off Spring Sports, Summer Not an Option

April 2, 2020, 2:45 p.m. ·


The Nebraska School Activities Association officially canceled high school sports for the spring season Thursday.

The decision comes as part of the statewide directed health measure issued by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

“We didn’t take it lightly," NSAA executive director Jay Bellar told NET News. "We were in the mode that we were going to try to make things work, but there comes a point in time where everybody’s safety has to take precedent over all of that.”

A petition to push the spring season back to summer reached over 4,500 signatures Thursday afternoon. However, Bellar said it won't happen.

“I feel terrible for [players and parents], and I wish there was something we could do, but with everything that’s going on, it’s just not going to happen this year," he said. "I know it doesn’t bring them much solace from me saying something like that.”

Moving the spring season into summer, Bellar said, would require to move around and cancel scheduled-summer sports, along with requiring board action.

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