INDIANAPOLIS – After Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order Thursday afternoon for all school building in Indiana remain closed for the remander of the academic year, the IHSAA followed by cancelling the spring sports season for 2020.

The IHSAA issued a statement saying: “The Indiana High School Athletic Association staunchly supports our Governor, our State Commissioner of Health and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction in their herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely fortunate in Indiana to have these exemplary leaders providing guidance and care to all Hoosiers.

“With the announcement today of the closure of K-12 schools throughout Indiana for the remainder of the school year, the IHSAA announces the cancellation of all spring sports tournament series events for the 2019-20 school year”

“It is imperative that our students, coaches, officials, administrators and parents be encouraged in every manner to adhere to the guidance provided by our leadership. The Association understands the extreme seriousness of this pandemic and joins in support of current measures being implemented as well as future considerations. In unwavering support yet with extreme sadness, we must cancel our spring sports programming.  We join all Hoosiers in anticipation of a triumphant homecoming back to our schools in the fall of 2020 complete with a full complement of IHSAA sports.

“The Association continues to remind its member schools and the general public to follow the guidance of the governor and the Indiana State Department of Health via  IN.gov/coronavirus.”

On March 19, the IHSAA cancelled the remainder of the boys basketball state tournament, the only winter sport unable to finish its season. The organization Tweeted to various coaching association a hope to have an abbreviated spring sports season. The following day officials from the Northern Lakes Conference announced its plan for shortened seasons, but Thursday’s announcement rendered the plans moot.