New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced in a press release on Thursday that no contact sports will be permitted this fall at the high school level.
“These contact sports are just too high risk,” she said.
Grisham and the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) both reinforced their commitment to getting football and boys and girls soccer seasons back as soon as possible.
“If we do well, if we work hard, it is possible we could just be delaying them and they could be played later in the year and later into the season,” Grisham said.
“Other non-contact sports are under review – [and will likely have] delayed starts to seasons. But I am feeling as confident as I can given our current situation that we can get them in.”
NMAA executive director Sally Marquez said in a press release that the organization “will work tirelessly to ensure students have the opportunity to participate in all sports and activities of their choosing during the 2020-2021 school year.”
Grisham made it clear that the seasons of contact sports and all others are based on the reopening of schools.
“None of these sports, no fall sports, will happen if schools don’t open. It’s all tied to if schools open.”