SDHSAA announces cancellation of spring and winter sports seasons

PIERRE, S.D. ( — With South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s directive to close schools of the year, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has announced the cancellation of all previously postponed winter and spring high school sporting events.  The cancellation will be formalized at the April 21st Regular Meeting of the SDHSAA Board of Directors.

In a news release, SDHSAA Executive Director Dr. Dan Swartos said, “This is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly. We thank all of the participants, their coaches/directors/advisors/administration, their parents, and everyone else who has dedicated tremendous amounts of time, passion, and effort to these events. To our senior participants- we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures. This is difficult, but the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.  We look forward to the resumption of high school activities during the 2020-21 school year, and will continue work on those events at this time. The SDHSAA thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process.”


(Brent Nathaniel, Watertown Radio Sports)