Baltimore County Public Schools announced that high school sports will return this Friday. This will mark the first time in over a year that there will be high school sports competition in Baltimore County.
The High School Basketball State Semifinal were canceled last year when COVID-19 restrictions were announced last March. The 2020 Spring Season was shortly canceled and the Fall Sports Season was postponed from September to March.
Fall practices started on Feb. 13th and the first set of games were scheduled for Friday, March 5, but those games were canceled when it was announced the COVID-19 metric was too high to begin the season. It didn’t look to promising as the Winter Sports Season was canceled for the year in January.
This weekend, BCPS gave the green light for games to begin on Friday, March 12.
“Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) supports the safe return to athletic competition for student athletes. After continued consultation with staff from the Baltimore County Department of Health and an intense focus on mitigation strategies, BCPS will allow inner county competitive games beginning Friday, March 12,” said a statement from BCPS.
“This is possible because of new guidance from the Baltimore County Department of
Health, which provides flexibility from some aspects of the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. To aid and support the safety of our student athletes and staff, we will only allow one spectator per athlete when competition resumes. Information on how spectators can access a ticket will be forthcoming from each school’s athletics office. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates and more information as necessary.”