CHSAA earns state approval to begin winter high school sports in January |

CHSAA earns state approval to begin winter high school sports in January

Seasons for basketball, wrestling and other Season B sports had been postponed until February

Malik Carlson, a Briggsdale junior and football and basketball athlete, left, listens to his peers speak during a protest over the state's decision to postpone the winter prep sports season in Colorado across the street from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment offices near Creekside Park on Thursday, Dec. 17. (Rachel Ellis
The Denver Post)

The tug-of-war between Colorado high school sports and state health authorities shifted back toward athletes Monday with the announcement that practices and games for winter sports will begin next month.

A statewide coronavirus spike had previously led the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) to postpone all prep sports in Season B — including basketball, ice hockey, skiing, wrestling, and girls swimming — until at least early February.

However, following several meetings over the past week, CHSAA announced that the state had approved its variance to allow practices to begin Jan. 18 with games starting Jan. 25.

CHSAA had initially planned to start winter sports Jan. 4 prior to pushing things back earlier this month.

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