Gov. Gina Raimondo made an announcement last Friday that the state, along with the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, would be allowing most high school sports to be played this fall regardless of whether schools are learning in person or virtually.
However, both football and girls and unified volleyball were postponed until after the winter season, with football being postponed as a contact sport and volleyball being played indoors.
As of now, cross country is set to take place with minimal restrictions while other sports such as soccer and field hockey will be played with safety adjustments. The new start date is set for Sept. 21 with regular season events beginning on the first week of October.
In terms of attendance, facilities will only be allowed to host 250 people and student-athletes will only be able to allow two people of their choice to attend games. Schools will be responsible for implementing and executing this plan. As for football and volleyball, the RIIL is planning on moving them to the proposed third season, which would take place in March and April of next year. Although these new systems have been proposed and will likely take effect in the coming weeks, both the state and RIIL maintained that these provisions could be subject to change moving forward.
RIPCOA also announced shortly after that all fall sports will be cancelled this fall and it is hoping for a winter return.