Suspended Activities Practice Guidelines

March 20, 2020 2:30 pm

The following provides further clarification on what is allowed within spring activity participation limitations for North Dakota High School Activities Association member schools following the Emergency Executive Order 2020-06 issued by Governor Burgum.

Effective until at least April 6, 2020 the following direction is provided for NDHSAA member schools:

Coaches and Directors May Not: 

•Have in-person contact with participants.

•Require or suggest groups of participants to gather.

•Suggest or support “captain’s practices”or “open gyms.”

•Provide evaluations or feedback on participants’ performance.(i.e. require participants to submit video of a skill or performance) 

•Require participants to take part in individual workouts or skills training, etc. (i.e. journaling, reporting of time spent, submission of results)

•Place undue influence on participants to take part in any individual workouts or skills training.

Coaches and Directors May:

•Connect with participants via technology (i.e. email or other school-approved communication tools).

•Provide optional individual workouts or optional individual skills training via electronic communication.

•Connect with and support participants who are challenged by the changes in their routines and life due to changes caused by COVID-19 limitations and restrictions.

Coaches and Directors Must: 

•Include the Activities Administrator on all communication to participants.


School administration at their discretion, may place more restrictive limitations on practice and participation.

As COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, the NDHSAA will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

Spring sports are officially in season. Therefore, all NDHSAA regulations and By-Laws and local school policies surrounding participation are in effect.