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Posted: September 2, 2020

Golf, Volleyball & X-Country to Kick Off Seasons in October

The three NMAA-approved sports will be required to follow health and safety guidelines.

Albuquerque Public Schools announced that its high school golf, volleyball and cross country teams may begin out-of-season practice on Sept. 14 and competition in early October. Middle school volleyball may begin in mid-October.

Out-of-season practice for other sports may begin in early October, along with NMAA-sanctioned clubs and co-curricular activities.

The decision could change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and adjustments to public health orders.   

According to the most current version of the APS Reentry Plan: "Guidelines and procedures for permissible activity (i.e. meetings, workouts, practices) within an athletic program are developed by the NMAA and the district athletic department and are/will be in accordance to state public health orders. Guidelines and procedures, including updates and changes, will be regularly communicated to schools through the athletic director."  

APS will provide more information in the coming days for athletic directors, coaches, sponsors, and players, but the district noted that health and safety expectations will look a lot like those outlined by the New Mexico Activities Association's Guidance for Return to Play. This includes facilities cleaning, entrance/exit strategies, limitations on gatherings, pre-workout screenings, face coverings, hygiene practices, and more.

The NMAA has identified cross country and golf as lower infection risk activities because they can be done "with physical distancing or individually with limited sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors."

The NMAA says volleyball also can be considered a lower risk activity with the appropriate cleaning of equipment and the use of masks by participants.

"Sports can promote social and emotional learning, which is essential for student growth and development, especially during remote learning. Lower-risk activities like golf, cross country and volleyball allow student-athletes to practice and compete as long as they follow health and safety guidelines," said APS Interim Superintendent Scott Elder.