Multiple Teams · AIA Board meeting: Fans must wear masks during playoffs

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Unless the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board makes a change, fans and AIA member schools must continue to follow the spring sports modification rules throughout the postseason.

That means that fans must wear their masks during every playoff game. But getting fans to do so, in some areas of the state, during the spring regular season has been a challenge, some AIA board members acknowledged during Monday’s monthly board meeting in Phoenix.

If fans aren’t wearing their masks during the playoffs, the games will be stopped, David Hines, the AIA’s executive director, said. Contracts the AIA signed with municipalities that’ll host playoff games next month require mask use, said Mark Mignella, the AIA’s attorney.

AIA board president Toni Corona asked her fellow board members to inform the schools and communities they represent in the state of the postseason expectations. Hines added that he and his staff will work on ways to address the potential playoff issue.