CIML Schools Request Delayed Start for Statewide Winter Sports

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Central Iowa Metro League is asking for a delay to the start of statewide high school winter sports including basketball and wrestling.

The League is asking the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association to push back the start of winter sports until January 4th.

Today is the first day of basketball practice in Iowa schools, with the first games to be played on November 30th.

The IGHSAU and IHSSA issued a joint response:

"The IHSAA and IGHSAU appreciate the considerations of the CIML in regards to winter activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As with all member school decisions, the members of the CIML may continue to suspect activities as they see fit in their school districts and in accordance with State of Iowa and Department of Education guidance. We will take your concerns under advisement as we enter the scheduled winter seasons."

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