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High School Sports: Complex, but winter sports tournaments are tapped

One of the highlights of many high school basketball teams in Utah is spending a week in Las Vegas participating in a variety of pre-Christmas tournaments across the valley, especially the Turcanian Classic.

These Nevada tournaments were not held in 2020, not only for obvious reasons due to COVID-19, but also because Nevada’s winter high school sports have not yet been granted permission to resume. The same applies to other western states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and New Mexico.

Utah’s winter sports athletes have enjoyed the luxury of a rather normal season for the past two months, as many of their nearby peers have missed high school athletic opportunities. This will continue in the postseason in the coming weeks.

“It’s a blessing in a way that we can hold tournaments at this time and the surrounding states can’t play,” said Robkaf, UHSAA Executive Secretary.

According to Cuff, the UHSAA board basically regained credibility in the summer and gave a green light to autumn sports. This often ended on time, even though it ended up in an unusual location.

A similar leap of trust highlighted the delay in the start of the winter season in early December. Despite the problem of many teams going into two weeks of quarantine, some sports postseason has already arrived this week.

“Most of that achievement is given to the Utah Department of Health and the Governor’s Office, which allowed us to pursue it, and most importantly, we adhere to our school and some restrictions and guidelines. And that’s the ability I’ve achieved through testing. To keep doing this, “Cuff said.

As a result, schools and teams have adjusted unprecedented obligations and restrictions to continue the seasons over the past two months, but behind the scenes, UHSAA is working hard to draw the right conclusions for those seasons. It’s done.

While these tournaments almost always feel unusual, for winter sports basketball, swimming, wrestling and drill teams, UHSAA has revealed most of the details of each sport. This is subject to cuff jokes changing at any time.

“Things change from hour to hour and from day to day, and while we don’t have a concrete grasp of everything at this point, many are basically physical to the audience and per participant. It depends on what you can do with respect to the number of spectators. Keep a distance. We feel it is important and it is important for our board to give these students the opportunity to have a postseason. I feel, “said Cuff.

For boys and girls basketball, tournaments cannot be held on the State Division I college site, so all rounds of 6A and 5A tournaments will be held on the home site until the semifinals. All 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A tournaments will be held for two weeks at the Sevia Valley Center in Richfield.

All six wrestling state tournaments will be one day tournaments instead of the usual two days. In addition, so much seating capacity is lost to accommodate the eight mats on the arena floor, so fans aren’t allowed at the traditional host site UVU, so everything is heading to another location.

BYU will continue to host the Swimming State Tournament, but due to the limited capacity of the facility, fans will not be allowed and the men’s and women’s tournaments in each category will be split into two sessions.

“I’m very grateful for the places where I can swim and where people are used to going,” Cuff said, saying UHSAA is planning to stream the event because the building has no fans. I will.

The drill team will be held in a typical UVU location over the next two weeks. The facility can deploy all seats not possible with wrestling, allowing a limited number of fans.

Cuff admits that no scenario is ideal for any sport, but hopes this is a one-off issue.

Basketball tournaments required the most juggling. Initially, Weber will host 6A and 5A state tournaments for boys and girls, 4A at SLCC, 2A at Southern Utah, and 3A and 1A at the Sevia Valley Center.

The Weber State University option quickly failed due to COVID-19.

“That’s something that can’t happen with the audience and the college schedule at Webber State University, and there are many different people in the building who may not be able to clean it properly due to college competition. And now It’s a vaccination center. Too much was happening, “Cuff said.

The site feels relatively normal to these athletes and coaches, as 6A and 5A women’s tournaments have been consistently held at SLCC until last year. Boys 6A and 5A have never played tournament games at SLCC. The first three rounds will take place at home sites with high RPI seeds.

In the fall, SLCC was supposed to host the 6A and 5A volleyball semifinals and finals, but those plans were changed and moved to a local high school a few days before the match began. Similar contingencies can happen in basketball.

To accommodate the 6A / 5A transition to SLCC, the 4A quarterfinals, semifinals and finals were moved from SLCC to Richfield the same week, but on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The 2A tournament will also move to Richfield in the same week as it was scheduled, but on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Post-season schedule for winter sports

6A Men’s Basketball

February 24 — Home site for the first round.

February 26 — Second round, home site.

March 2nd — Quarterfinals, home site.

March 4 — Semifinals at SLCC.

March 6th — Championship at SLCC.

5A Men’s Basketball

February 24 — Home site for the first round.

February 26 — Second round, home site.

March 3 — Quarterfinals, home site.

March 5 — Semifinals at SLCC.

March 6th — Championship at SLCC.

4A Men’s Basketball

February 23-First round, home site.

February 26 — Second round, home site.

March 1st — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 2 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 3-Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

3A Men’s Basketball

February 16 — Home site for the first round.

February 19 — Second round, home site.

February 25 — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 26 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 27 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

2A Men’s Basketball

February 16 — Home site for the first round.

February 19 — Second round, home site.

February 22 — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 23 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 24 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

1A Men’s Basketball

February 25 — Home site for the first round.

February 27 — Second round, home site.

March 4 — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 5 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 6 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.


6A Women’s Basketball

February 23-First round, home site.

February 25 — Second round, home site.

March 2nd — Quarterfinals, home site.

March 4 — Semifinals at SLCC.

March 6th — Championship at SLCC.

5A Women’s Basketball

February 23-First round, home site.

February 25 — Second round, home site.

March 3 — Quarterfinals, home site.

March 5 — Semifinals at SLCC.

March 6th — Championship at SLCC.

4A Women’s Basketball

February 24 — Home site for the first round.

February 26 — Second round, home site.

March 1st — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 2 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 3-Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

3A Women’s Basketball

February 17-First round, home site.

February 20 — Second round, home site.

February 25 — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 26 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 27 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

2A Women’s Basketball

February 17-First round, home site.

February 19 — Second round, home site.

February 22 — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 23 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

February 24 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

1A Women’s Basketball

February 27-First round, home site.

March 4 — Quarterfinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 5 — Semifinals at the Sevia Valley Center.

March 6 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.


6A Men’s Wrestling

February 19 — All day at Corner Canyon High School.

6A Women’s Wrestling

February 15 — All day at Westlake High School.

5A Men’s Wrestling

February 18 — All day at Wasatch High School.

4A Men’s / Women’s Wrestling

February 20 — All day at the Sevia Valley Center.

3A Men’s Wrestling

February 19 — All day at the Sevia Valley Center.

2A Men’s Wrestling.

February 13 — All day at the Sevia Valley Center.

1A Men’s Wrestling

February 12 — All day at the Sevia Valley Center.

5A / 3A / 2A / 1A Women’s Wrestling

February 18 — All day at Wasatch Middle School.


6A Boy / Girl Swimming

February 19-20 — Day 1 and Day 2 at BYU.

5A Boy / Girl Swimming

February 19-20 — Day 1 and Day 2 at BYU.

4A Boy / Girl Swimming

February 12-13 — Day 1 and Day 2 at BYU.

3A boy / girl swimming

February 12-13 — Day 1 and Day 2 at BYU.


6A drill team

February 2-UVU Semifinals.

February 4-UVU Championship.

5A drill team

February 3-UVU Semifinals.

February 4-UVU Championship.

4A drill team

February 9 — Semifinals at UVU.

February 10 — Championship at UVU.

3A drill team

February 9 — Semifinals at UVU.

February 10 — Championship at UVU.

2 drill team

February 6 — Championship at the Sevia Valley Center.

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