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Here we go again

Ken Hamrick
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Last week was a strange one when it concerned high school fall sports in Colorado.

On Tuesday Gov. Jared Polis said he would be thrilled to work with the Colorado High School Activities Association about the possibility of fall football being played.

CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green had conversations with the governor's office on Tuesday afternoon. However, it was made clear to Blanford-Green that the variances she sought from the COVID-19 Response Team since June in order to play certain sports would not be given. This information was conveyed to the CHSAA Board of Directors prior to their meeting and vote on Tuesday evening.

The Board voted unanimously that evening not to adjust the 2020-21 activities calendar.

But it became apparent that the COVID-19 Response Team changed its position again when Gov. Polis made a public statement on Thursday and then gave Blanford-Green a verbal reassurance on that same day, that the variances it had been asking for would be expedited.

Blanford-Green met with the Governor's office on Friday to get details in writing about the variances that his office will allow.

On Friday evening, CHSAA tweeted: “We are resubmitting modified variances to the Governor's COVID team for football, spirit and volleyball in hopes they will be reconsidered. We will also submit variances for field hockey, gymnastics, soccer and unified bowling.”

Gov. Polis also tweeted on Friday evening: “We are currently working with CHSAA to approve variances for football and field hockey, and we will work together to develop guidelines or variances for additional sports at a later date and indoor sports when they can be safely played.”

Stay tuned.

Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email at khamrick@ljtdmail.com. Help support local journalism by subscribing to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat at lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/subscribenow.