Hello! We wanted to provide this page as a hub for updates and Iowa High School Athletic Association resources to share with our administrators, coaches, student-athletes, officials, and fans during this unprecedented and unpredictable time as COVID-19 affects Iowa and the world around us.
Check back for frequent updates and be sure to follow the IHSAA on Twitter for the latest news on spring and summer sports.
The IHSAA office is open with staff present as of June 1. Summer hours are from 7:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.
- Summer sports return approved for Iowa high schools
- Following a May 20 proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds and guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, the IHSAA and IGHSAU announced a June 1 return for baseball and softball.
- Iowa high school spring sports canceled
- In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Education and state officials, the IHSAA and IGHSAU announced the cancellation of spring sports on April 17.
- Previous spring suspension announcements
- Original IHSAA and IGHSAU releases on spring activities being suspended; outdated as of April 17.
- Prohibited period FAQs
- Wondering about the suspended period, coach-athlete contact during this time, or eligibility? Check here.
- IHSAA annual meeting
- The 2020 annual meeting of member schools, originally scheduled for Monday, June 15 has been postponed until Thursday, September 24 at 12:30 p.m. The location for this will be announced as we get closer to the date. This change is in response to COVID-19 conditions and the challenges it creates for travel and meeting in a large group. It is our hope that a later date may make it easier for members to attend. Per the IHSAA Articles of Incorporation, this meeting shall be within the earlier of the first six (6) months after the end of the Association’s fiscal year or fifteen (15) months after the members’ last annual meeting. A September 24 meeting falls within these guidelines.
Both baseball (boys) and softball (girls) are considered summer sports in Iowa. Following a May 20 proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds and guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, the IHSAA and IGHSAU announced a June 1 return for baseball and softball. First competition dates may be as early as June 15. Further sport-specific guidance will be issued by the IHSAA and IGHSAU.
Members of the Class of 2020 lost their final weeks of school this spring and, in many cases, their last varsity athletic competitions in golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Please help us highlight them throughout the month of May!
- Social Wall: Celebrate senior student-athletes
- Iowa Governor’s Scholar
- Each year, the IHSAA honors top seniors from each member school in cooperation with Governor Kim Reynolds and title sponsor Iowa Farm Bureau. The 2020 recognition ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19, but recipients will still receive their awards and honors. Full lists of 2020 Iowa Governor’s Scholars are available by name and by school.
STATE & PARTNER LINKS
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- The latest on COVID-19 in our state, including guidance and public health tips.
- Iowa Department of Education
- The latest on school closures and continued learning guidance for Iowa school districts.
- Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
- Iowa is the only state in the nation with separate boys and girls high school athletic organizations, but we are continuing to work together throughout this crisis.
- Iowa High School Music Association
- The IHSMA is a Unified Activities partner of the IHSAA and its offices are located inside our Boone office.
- Iowa High School Speech Association
- The IHSSA is a Unified Activities partner of the IHSAA and its offices are located inside the IGHSAU office in West Des Moines.
We worked with the IGHSAU in try and provide these spring activities for student-athletes. However, through guidance from Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, and public health authorities, these sports were cancelled as of April 17.
- School Gym & Fitness Facility Guidance
- A May 1 update from the Iowa Department of Education on the use of school gyms and fitness facilities.
- NCAA Eligibility Center
- Student-athletes pursuing NCAA sports should stay updated on eligibility information, including these FAQs for 2020 grads.
- NFHS Learning Center
- NFHS courses for current or interested officials have been made free until July 1. Click the “Official” filter on the left for elective and core course options.
- NFHS has also made the “Positive Sports Parenting” course free for any interested users.
- “Lets gain new appreciation for officials during downtime”
- This op-ed from NFHS executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff offers kudos to all the game officials who will be ready to return to sports as soon as we can.
RECENT IHSAA HIGHLIGHTS
- Board Briefs: April 22
- Regular updates from the IHSAA’s Board of Control meetings are included in “Board Briefs” with April’s meeting via Zoom call making changes to wrestling postseason procedures and updating the 2020-21 activity calendar.
- Iowa Bankers Association Student-Athlete Achiever Award
- Four players at the 2020 State Basketball Tournament were slated to receive $1,000 academic scholarships from the IBA at Friday’s championships, however COVID-19 forced a cancellation of awards presentations.
- Congratulations to the four recipients: Tate Crane, Iowa City, West (4A); Jared Keller, Center Point-Urbana (3A); Jeff Carlson, Monticello (2A); Isaac Gavin, Martensdale-St. Marys (1A).
- Board Briefs: March 12
- March’s meeting was highlighted by an agreement to keep wrestling and basketball state championships at Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
- 2020 Football Schedules
- IHSSN Championships Video Archive
- The Iowa High School Sports Network has made select broadcasts available for free viewing through its video archives, including championships from the 2019-20 seasons. Create an account with IHSSN and log-in to start watching.
This will be an updating list of links from external media sources that you might find helpful. To be read at your convenience.
- Unfinished business: Five insights when your athletic season is sidelined by a pandemic
- This post from Sidelined USA links the time student-athletes are losing with grief, then provides advice on the next steps to move forward.
- Until we meet again
- An April 7 column from Eric Pratt of the Fort Dodge Messenger highlighting how important high school activities are for Iowa communities as we experience a spring without them.
ABOUT THE IHSAA
The Iowa High School Athletic Association works to coordinate, develop, direct, oversee, and promote boys’ high school and junior high sports and activities across the state of Iowa. The IHSAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers free membership to all high schools in Iowa that are recognized by the Department of Education.
- Our history
- Our staff
- Wanted listings available
- At the bottom of our Coaches & Administrators page, we have inputs available for “Games Wanted” and “Officials Wanted” to be used by member schools. With challenges sure to arise with adjusted schedules, this resource is available for you to use and IHSAA staff will continue to share events on that page.