MONTGOMERY, Ala. – With in-class learning coming to an end, high school athletics have been called off for the remainder of the school year.
Coaches and programs took to social media react to yesterday’s decision.
I hate that all spring sports have ended. We all worked very hard for the moments we didn’t get to experience.
Seniors, I’m sorry.
— Jeff Bell (@jeffbell22) March 27, 2020
Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger. Thank you guys for your commitment and hard work. pic.twitter.com/OkgAh8Mlvv
— Childersburg High School Baseball (@BaseballCburg) March 26, 2020
Heartbroken for all of our girls, as well as all spring sports participants from all schools…..but most of all for the seniors who have put in the work and left blood, sweat, and tears on the field for this very season. Life isn’t fair sometimes. ?
— Sylacauga High School Softball (@SHSAggieSoftbal) March 27, 2020
This school closure for the remainder of the school year announcement is a gut punch.
— Coach Faircloth (@Coach_Faircloth) March 26, 2020
AHSAA Executive Director released the following statement:
“Like thousands of others, I am deeply saddened and disappointed that our schools have closed, and spring sports will not have an opportunity to finish their seasons. Even more so, I am disheartened for all student-athletes, contest officials, their coaches, families, student bodies, fans, communities, and especially our seniors. We are facing an unprecedented health crisis, but I am prayerful that the steps we are taking now within our schools and across our nation will enable all those affected to return to a sense of normalcy sooner than later.
I’m extremely grateful to all our educators who will utilize tele-communications and other ingenious methods to continue to educate our students as well as keep our student-athletes conditioned.
Moreover, I’m grateful to all those within our medical communities who are serving those in need. In particular, now more than ever, I am thankful for the leadership of the AHSAA medical advisory board and Central Board of Control.
Lastly, all the steps we are taking now will be for naught if we each fail to do our part, and our responsibility is to follow the recommendations of our health care professionals. My prayer is that we will all take seriously the Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines so our families can once again return to work, visit loved ones in the hospital and nursing homes, celebrate birthdays, weddings, and births of children, visit and hold our grandchildren, shop, travel and just enjoy the simple things of everyday life we often take for granted. Until those guidelines are lifted, we must heed these cautions thus not allowing this health issue to affect future school years.”