UHSAA suspends spring sports for at least two weeks

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Box Elder beats Bountiful High School in the 5A Softball State Championship game, Thursday May 24, 2018. Box Elder players celebrate.

High school sports in Utah took measures Thursday to mitigate the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Utah High School Activities Association announced that all spring activities will be suspended for a period of “at least two weeks” starting Monday. Member schools can choose to suspend activities immediately at their individual discretions.

The association also suspended all out of state travel for the same two-week period at a minimum.

“In consultation with board directives and information provided by state public health officials, the UHSAA has suspended spring activities to properly fulfill best practices regarding protection of students and the general public,” the association said in a statement. “More information will be sent to member schools and/or districts as it becomes available.”

The spring sports in Utah that will be affected by the suspension are baseball, boys’ 1A golf, girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ soccer, softball, boys’ tennis and track and field.

In addition to sports, the UHSAA’s State Debate championships were suspended. They were scheduled to occur this weekend.