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Governor Kim Reynolds, IHSAA, and IHSGau make announcement that softball and baseball seasons may begin

Following a two-month suspension of all summer sports, the summer athletics seasons are finally a go and teams are allowed to begin practicing together on June 1st with the first competitions capable of being held as early as June 15th.

The newest proclamation that was announced on May 20th by Governor Kim Reynolds talks about summer athletics in Section 3 stating, “. . . may reopen for school-sponsored activities and learning effective June 1, 2020, but only to the extent that such activities and learning are consistent with guidance of the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, as applicable.”

This long awaited announcement has had athletes, coaches and fans alike eagerly and patiently waiting to know if a shortened season, or even any season, would be likely. The Iowa Department of Education is allowing spectators to attend the games announcing that teams could begin to compete on June 15th.

After the Reynolds announcement, both the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union officials met and voted to approve the beginning of the season here in Iowa. Although it will be a peculiar season and shortened, the state competitions will still be held in their respective arenas with softball state competition happening in Fort Dodge’s Harlan Rogers Sports Complex and baseball at Principal Park in Des Moines.

Schedules and dates of competitions will be announced in the coming days.