One of the things that have been lost lately with all the discussions about whether or not Iowa schools will be open for in-person learning, is fall sports. The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced they'll start next month, on schedule.

According to WHO-TV, the first high school practices for golf, cross country, and football are scheduled for Monday, August 10. The first golf matches are set for that Thursday, August 13. Cross country competitions begin on Monday, August 24 with the first high school football games in the state set to take place on Thursday, August 27.

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In a statement, the Iowa High School Athletic Association said,

The health and safety of student-athletes and their communities has been our priority as we work to provide opportunities during this pandemic, and will remain so as we move forward into the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to work with our partners at NFHS, IATS, and with the Iowa state government to develop protocols and sport-specific guidance, and will adjust as necessary.

Last month, Iowa restarted sanctioned sports at the high school level. It was the first state to do so. Those seasons are coming to an end with the state baseball tournament taking place beginning this Friday, July 24, in Des Moines. Fort Dodge will host the state softball tournament next week.

The Iowa School High Athletic Association will release their specific guidelines for cross country, golf, and high school football the week of July 27.

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