Cheerleaders, mascots, pep bands, fans, friends and extended families will not be able to attend the Boy’s High School Basketball Regional live games this Saturday due to a new policy from the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Commissioner Bobby Cox announced at a press conference at noon that the remaining games in the IHSAA boys basketball state tournament will continue as scheduled but with limited spectators in attendance as Indiana seeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Each school’s team will be limited to 75 passes to enter the game for staff and immediate families.
Those passes will be free.
The IHSAA continues to monitor the impact of COV-19 around our state.
“Our primary focus has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our students and supporters attending our events,” Cox said. “Given the recent and ongoing spread of the coronavirus and available information surrounding the pandemic, the IHSAA will conclude all winter tournament series events as scheduled with limited to no spectators in attendance.”
Individuals who are at higher risk for the disease as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are strongly encouraged to refrain from attendance.
This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic
medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
The Association acknowledges these are unprecedented measures and is sympathetic to the loyal fans of education-based athletics in Indiana.
“Your understanding and support during these challenging times is appreciated,” said Cox. “Using the Center for Disease Control’s guidance regarding large gatherings, the IHSAA will limit games/events to approximately 250 individuals.”
Boys Basketball Regionals
The boys basketball regional games are scheduled for Saturday (March 14) at 16 sites around the state.
Semistates are Saturday, March 21 and the state finals are Saturday, March 28.
For the remaining games, each participating school will be allotted only 75 complimentary tickets aside from the 12 dressed players and to include only essential personnel, coaches, administrative staff and immediate family of players.
“We regret that non-varsity boys basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games. This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.”
Anyone holding a regional ticket will be issued a full refund at the point of purchase. Individuals must present the ticket(s) in order to receive a refund.
A very limited number of news media will be approved for covering the Saturday’s regional games.
All print and broadcast news media must request credentials via email through the IHSAA staff from a recognized business
account, not the host school.
A final list of approved news media will be shared with each host school to allow admittance on Saturday.
Regional games will continue to be streamed at IHSAAtv.org and its affiliates as well as previously approved broadcast stations.
Guidelines for the boys semi-states and state championship games have yet to be determined and will be
announced at a later date.
Gymnastics State Finals
The girls gymnastics state finals will be contested this Saturday (March 14) beginning at 1 pm ET at Worthen
Due to the number of participants and essential workers, coaches, spotters, and medical personnel at the gymnastics state finals, there will be no spectators allowed at the event and thus no tickets on sale at Worthen Arena.
Anyone holding a state finals ticket will be issued a full refund at the point of purchase.
Individuals must present the ticket(s) in order to receive a refund.
An informational teleconference with host schools and 64 participating teams has been scheduled for today at
2 pm ET / 1 pm CT.
Saturday’s events will continue to be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org and previously-received news media
credential requests will still be honored.