Colts News · AIA Executive Board Cancels Winter Sports Seasons for the 2020-2021 School Year

January 8, 2021

Dear Colt Community,

It is with deep regret that I write this letter to inform you that winter sports at the AIA level (high school) have been cancelled.  The sports affected by this cancellation are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s wrestling.

On Thursday morning, the SMAC, the medical advisory board for Arizona high school athletics, made a strong recommendation to the state’s executive board to cancel the winter sports season.  This afternoon, our state association executive board voted to support the recommendation of the committee, ruling 5-4 in support of cancelling the winter sports season.  Chandler Unified School District was one of the four districts who voted against this cancellation.   I will be meeting with our winter sport coaches this afternoon to identify alternative opportunities for all of our winter athletes, within whatever guidelines allowed by district officials.

My heart goes out to all the athletes, coaches, families and staff who have put countless hours into their sport, only to have stolen by this vicious pandemic. Your efforts do not go unnoticed or unrecognized.



Ryan Ridenour

Athletic Director and Asst. Principal

Casteel High School