RIIL Cancels Spring Sports Season
As expected, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) has canceled the spring sports season, meaning no high school golf.
The announcement comes a day after Governor Gina Raimondo ordered schools to remain closed for the rest of the year.
RIIL Executive Director Thomas Mezzanotte released the following statement:
“As we all know, we are facing unprecedented circumstances. While we have all established protocols and emergency action plans for many types of situations, we simply have no playbook to follow for this unique global health crisis. Just as we made every effort to complete the winter tournament season, we remained hopeful that at least some form of a spring sports season would be possible and spent the past several weeks exploring many scenarios in the event that it could be saved. We had the best of intentions, but unfortunately were at the mercy of this deadly virus. We are dealing with a catastrophic situation, and the only way we can respond is in a way that supports the health and safety of our student-athletes and everyone involved.”
I commend the PCOA for the hard work, expertise and attention that they have paid to these important issues. These are not issues that we deal with every day.
We also commend our 36,000 student-athletes, school and district administrators, faculty, athletic directors and coaches at all our member schools. You have shown great resilience, a willingness to adapt and support our student-athletes during this unprecedented time.
To our senior student-athletes, we thank you for the positive contributions you made to your teams, schools and communities. While this worldwide event has caused you to grow up faster than planned, you all have very bright futures ahead. We hope the lessons learned while participating in education-based athletics, along with the friendships and memories made, will make a lasting impression.”