High school athletics in Indiana continue to move forward this week. Girls golf competition is underway and practices for football, volleyball, boys tennis, boys and girls cross-country and boys and girls soccer is ongoing, though some individual teams and athletic programs have shut down either temporarily or entirely due to positive COVID-19 cases and/or close contact with those who have tested positive.
There are still questions surrounding the possibility of sports, particularly contact sports, with competition between schools allowed starting on Aug. 15 and the first week of the football season on Aug. 21. Jennifer McCormick, the state superintendent of public instruction, called athletics a tough situation during a webinar Thursday morning, but said schools will continue to follow the lead of medical experts.
Indiana is among the states in the next wave for game competition in football. Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee are the six that remain on track to open Aug. 20 and 21. There are 14 more states — Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming — that are slated to open August 27 and 28.