When the final out is made in the Iowa High School Athletic Association baseball season, there will be one less set of postseason honors handed out than usual.
The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association announced it will not select an all-state baseball team in 2020.
In a news release, the IPSWA cited the “unpredictable nature and inconsistencies of the baseball season due to COVID-19.”
“Too many teams have had their seasons impacted significantly and the number of games played varies too greatly from team to team,” the IPSWA stated.
The decision is not to be taken lightly considering the IPSWA was essentially created in February of 2018 to continue a traditional process of voting for all-state teams after the Iowa Newspaper Association decided to end its all-state program. The IPSWA selects all-state teams in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and baseball.
The IPSWA’s Board of Directors said it does plan to resume picking an all-state team for baseball in 2021. The group said it will “continue to monitor conditions surrounding football, boys basketball and girls basketball and make decisions on how the all-state process will look for these sports in the coming months.”
Speaking of which
The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced via Twitter on Friday that it is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports seasons as scheduled.
The first practices for all classes in cross country and football and in Class 4A for golf are set to begin on Aug. 10.
“The health and safety of student-athletes and their communities has been our priority as we work to provide opportunities during this pandemic, and will remain so as we move forward into the 2020-21 school year,” it said in the release.
The IHSAA stated it will continue to work with its partners at the National Federation of State High School Associations and Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society and within the Iowa state government “to develop protocols and sport-specific guidance, and will adjust as necessary.”
The release stressed that each member school and participant determines which activities they want to sponsor or join.
The IHSAA plans to issue specific sport guidance on the fall seasons to its member schools the week of July 27.
High school state tournament play is fast approaching in softball and baseball and the championship games will be televised in the region.
Iowa PBS will be the home for coverage of the state softball championships. The title games from Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge will be available on local Iowa PBS stations and will be available on livestream on iowapbs.org or the Iowa PBS Facebook and YouTube channels.
Coverage starts with the 5A championship at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The 4A championship is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
On Friday, July 31, the Class 3A state championship is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., the 2A game will be at 5 p.m. and action concludes at 7:30 p.m. with the Class 1A title clash.
In baseball, livestreams of all state tournament games will be available on the Iowa High School Sports Network. The championship games will be televised locally by Sioux City’s digital channel 44.2. All title games are on Saturday, Aug. 1. It starts with the Class 1A game at 10:30 p.m., then Class 2A plays at 1:30 p.m., Class 3A at 4:30 p.m. and Class 4A at 7:30 p.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.