Which States Are Playing High School Sports?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt daily life, the question of whether or not high school sports will be able to continue has been a hot topic of debate. While some states have already decided to cancel their seasons, others are still holding out hope. Here’s a look at which states are playing high school sports and which are not.

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Introduction

High school sports are a big deal in the United States. Each fall, millions of student-athletes take to the field, court or track in hopes of leading their team to victory.

However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many schools have had to make the difficult decision to cancel or postpone their sports seasons. As a result, it can be hard to keep track of which states are still playing high school sports and which are not.

To help you stay up-to-date, we’ve compiled a list of all the states that have either cancelled or postponed their high school sports seasons.

Map of High School Sports Participation by State

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Data Analysis

Data from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) show that as of October 5, 2020, only 20 states plus the District of Columbia were allowing high school football to be played in some capacity.

The breakdown is as follows: four states are playing football with no restrictions, six states are playing with some restrictions in place, and 10 states plus the District of Columbia have postponed or canceled their seasons.

Here is a list of the states that are playing football with no restrictions:
-Alabama
-Arkansas
-Idaho
-South Dakota

The six states playing with some restrictions in place are: California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, and Ohio.

Conclusion

Based on our research, it appears that the majority of states are playing high school sports to some extent. However, there are a few states that have not resumed play or have only partially resumed play. It is important to note that each state has different guidelines and restrictions in place, so some states may be able to resume play more easily than others.

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