CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — High school fall sports can start practicing next month, according to the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Practices are scheduled to start on Sept. 8. Bass fishing and golf can start competition on Sept. 10, while cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball can start their seasons Sept. 18. Competition for football and spirit can start Sept. 25.
The NHIAA also approved the open tournament playoff format for cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. That removes a mandate that schools must play a minimum number of games in their division in order to qualify for post-season tournaments.
The number of schools participating in sports is still unknown; school district will be making its own decision.
As of Sunday, 6,831 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 14 from the previous day. The number of deaths stayed at 419. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 33 new cases per day on July 26 to 31 new cases per day on Aug. 9.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness and can lead to death.