By Michael Spencer

DENVER (CBS4) – It appears high school football, and other fall sports in Colorado, might be coming back sooner than expected. On Monday, CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green tweeted:

In addition to those comments, Blanford-Green released a statement via CHSAA’s website in which she said:

“In recent weeks, we have seen reconsideration at the Association, school district and conference level regarding the resuming fall sports, especially football. We also hear those who are advocating for a reconsideration of the 2020-21 sport calendar. We continue to work collaboratively with our state, health and educational officials. We’re monitoring information from other states to see if it’s applicable to reconsiderations in Colorado. Over the course of the past week, this has prompted conversations at the state level to see if some outdoor fall sports could resume under the state safety guidelines, including variances that would be needed to make this happen. We appreciate their willingness to keep the dialogue open. Our office will continue to provide further updates if any changes occur with the 2020-21 activities calendar.”

Football players for Manual High School line up to begin conditioning exercises on the first day back at practice since the pandemic hit. (credit: Kati Weis, CBS4)

In early August CHSAA announced it would postpone the high school football season until the spring.

A spokesperson for Gov. Jared Polis released the following statement to CBS4:

“In the interest of public health, we worked closely with CHSAA over the summer on their plan. We appreciate their commitment and partnership. Any future actions will be dependent on the science, evidence, and epidemic curve. As more and more students return to in-person learning we look forward to working with CHSAA to develop guidelines for safe high school sports.”

Michael Spencer