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Wahlert baseball added to growing list of programs forced to suspend season

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 10:47 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - At least eight baseball and softball programs around the state have had to suspend their seasons due to COVID-19 and school administrators say that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

“Its just one of those things,” said Wahlert Catholic Activities Director Thomas English. “You cant control it, people get it and we just have to deal with it when that happens.”

English is the latest activities director to have to address the COVID-19 virus affecting one of his teams.

“Its really saddening for our kids and our program to have to see them go through this,” English added.

English said that while he wished it wouldn’t have happened to one of his teams, he’s not surprised at the number of athletic departments dealing with the same issue. IAHSAA Executive Director Tom Keating agrees.

“We certainly wish they wouldn’t happen but as far as we know, no one has pointed to contact during a baseball game that has caused the spread.” Keating said.

Guidelines provided by the association advise schools to follow protocols given by their local departments of public health, which have subsequently told teams to suspend their seasons for 14 days.

“When we do return, we’re going to hit the ground running.” English said. “There’s not going to be a preseason or spring training so they are going to have to be ready.”

English also said if the virus was going to halt the team’s season, its better now than in a few weeks when the playoffs come around. The association decided that if a team member is exposed or contracts the virus after qualifying for the playoffs or state tournament, the team would be forced to forfeit.

“Unfortunately, that team would be finished,” Keating said. “Then the line that they would fill would now be a bye.”

Keating says the association is taking things one day at a time and anyone wanting to know the status of fall sports should stay patient.

“The longer we wait to make a decision, the better the decision will be and the more accurate the information will be for us,” Keating said.

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