Questions about winter sports are swirling about more than the much needed snow. Covid-19 precautions have delayed the opening of winter sports programs throughout Utah high schools. Tryout dates set by the Utah High School Activities Association for basketball and wrestling were November 9 and will now take place November 24 due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in the state. Kanab High School is looking forward to beginning their winter sports and hope to continue the rest of the season without delay.

Looking at guidelines for schools to return-to-play the Utah High School Activities Association has set guidelines and protocols for sport specific activities. Kanab High School is committed to take these recommendations and move forward with the health and safety of our students always at the forefront as we move to opening competition.

State and Health guidelines for spectators are as follows:

• In High transmission counties, only parents of athletes and school support groups such as cheer and pep band will be allowed to attend competitions.

• In Moderate transmission counties, spectator seating will be limited to 25 percent of gymnasium capacity.

• In Low transmission counties, all spectators will be required to wear masks and physical distance between family groups.

In all levels, masks and physical distancing will be required. Additional information regarding protocols will be forthcoming. KHS is working with other schools to ensure that a live stream is available to all events. Kane County is currently listed in the High Transmission level.

The new opening dates for basketball competition will be December 4, wrestling on December 12, and drill team competition on December 19. A strict mask mandate will be required and all athletes and coaches will require a negative Covid test result every two weeks for participation.

As a representative of Kanab High School, I look forward to watching our student-athletes perform and participate in the winter sports activities. The anxiety and stress this pandemic has had on our society has taken its toll on every aspect of life. We hope that winter sports will provide a little normalcy for our community and our Kanab High School students. We wish our teams best of luck. Go Cowboys!