2020 baseball season officially ends

Posted 4/2/2020

The Georgia High School Association made it official on Thursday, canceling the remainder of the 2020 prep

baseball season as well as the remainder of all spring sports and activities.

 

GHSA votes to end remainder of 2020 baseball season

 

As expected, the Georgia High School Association on Thursday voted to cancel the remainder of the 2020 prep baseball season as well as all spring sports and activities.

The decision came just one day after Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced that all of the state's schools would remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 year because of the coronavirus. 

"Given the announcement yesterday by Governor Kemp, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that all GHSA activities and sports are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year," GHSA executive director Robin Hines said in a statement. "I especially want to commend the graduating seniors who have not only missed most of the spring season but prom, senior nights, awards ceremonies, possibly graduation, and spent the last few months away from their friends and classmates. Our seniors have a great deal to be proud of and while this is not the way any of us wanted it to end, I want to thank them for a job well done."

The prep baseball regular season was near the midpoint when the GHSA recommended suspending the season on March 12. Many teams had not even played a region game at that time.

Unlike the NCAA which canceled the spring college sports season last month but voted to add spring sports athletes a year of eligibility, Hines and the GHSA rejected the notion of giving athletes a fifth season of eligibility.

“There are no plans to grant an additional year,” Hines said. “As sad and disappointing as this spring has been, there is a backward trickle effect and there are many unintended consequences associated with waiving this by-law. GHSA activities and sports are education-based and exist as an extension of the classroom. The culmination of all activities of a student is to lead to graduation and this will have taken place for our seniors. This is not the situation any of us would like to be in but the 8-semester rule will remain in effect.”