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IESA 8th Grade Volleyball Regional Championship Game Suspended
Brian Garrard
Thursday, March 12, 2020

From the IESA.........3-12-20        

VOLLEYBALL--- 2:15 PM: Update on the status of the IESA Volleyball state series:

  • The 7th grade state finals scheduled for March 13-14 will NOT be played as scheduled this weekend.
  • All 8th grade state series are now suspended – this includes 8th grade regional championships scheduled for tonight, 8th grade sectional championships scheduled for Monday, March 16 and the state finals scheduled for March 20-21.

These decisions are not being made lightly. The IESA will be communicating with state finals hosts, vendors, participating schools, and officials as we consider if both the 7th grade state finals and the remainder of the 8th grade state series could be rescheduled to a different date. We will also be monitoring CDC updates regarding the spread of the coronavirus. Multiple factors, such as site availability, an alternative format, etc. must be taken into consideration as we make a decision if, when, and how we can complete the remainder of the volleyball state series.

The tournaments could resume if circumstances would allow the 7th and 8th grade state volleyball series to be held in some format, but this is not guaranteed at either grade level. One of the factors we have to consider is that schools are currently notifying us that their districts are cancelling all extracurricular activities for an extended period of time. Most importantly, the health and safety for our student-athletes, team personnel and spectators are our priority.

This type of developing situation will no doubt leave our athletes, member schools, and families with many questions. This is indeed unprecedented not only for IESA but for many other organizations across the country faced with the difficult challenge of conducting events. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Members schools will be notified when additional information is available.