Six Northern Nevada high school baseball teams were scheduled to compete in out-of-state tournaments during spring break, but those plans have been halted after a Washoe County School District restriction against out-of-state travel.
The district announced earlier this week it would restrict out-of-state travel for high school teams due to the growing concern over the spread of coronavirus
"To protect the health of our students and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state and international District-sponsored student and staff travel including conferences, athletics, and academic-related activities until further notice," Washoe County School District acting Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeil said in a phone call and email to parents Monday night. "Please know this decision was not made lightly. Currently, in-state and in-district events will continue as scheduled. We will monitor the situation and keep you informed."
The Damonte Ranch, Galena, McQueen, Reed, Reno and Spanish Springs baseball teams were all scheduled to play in tournaments in Southern California, according to the coaching staff at Galena. Those trips have had to be canceled because of the WCSD policy.
Galena High baseball coach Beau Walker told out sister station KRNV his team is planning to schedule some games in Las Vegas since it can't leave the state.
"It's tough on the players and their families since many people couldn't get their trips refunded," Walker said of the Grizzlies' tournament in Anaheim.
Walker said the tournaments help his upperclassmen get extra exposure to college scouts. The travel restrictions also have impacted school bands and some academic teams in the area.
"We know that there are travel plans already arranged, and unfortunately these are one of those situations where we need to make the best decisions possible with the amount of information available that we have at a particular time," McNeil told KRNV.
Here is Miles Buergin's full report.