NSAA Executive Director Tells OWH – We are Carrying On

In light of announcements from Division 1 college conferences such as the Big Ten and Pac 12 which announced they would be postponing fall sports this year, NSAA executive director Jay Bellar reaffirmed to the Omaha World Herald that nothing has changed “to this point” regarding the start of high school sports in Nebraska.  Bellar said, “We’re carrying on with our plan at this point.  As you know, ours can change very quickly.  We’re going to try to do what our schools want.”

Four high school football games are actually scheduled for August 21st (Cross County at Blue Hill, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge at Homer, Hastings at Lincoln North Star, Sandy Creek at Schuyler).  Girls softball can begin games on August 20th and volleyball on August 27th.  The NSAA board of directors is scheduled to meet again on August 19th.

Earlier this month, Omaha Public Schools announced they would suspend all athletics until at least October 19th and it has been reported that Grand Island High School is delaying the start of football workouts until August 24th after an assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19.