The Arkansas Activities Association released a statement regarding COVID-19 and the state basketball finals to be held this weekend in Hot Springs. After providing a list of helpful tips to coaches and school staff on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as any virus, they stated that all games will be played as scheduled.
According to the statement AAA is working closely with the Arkansas Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and the Arkansas Department of Education to ensure that all appropriate steps are being taken to protect students, coaches, fans and support staff from COVID-19 during the event.
The AAA is examining all scenarios and options related to the state finals as COVID-19 continues to impact the United States. The AAA is working with the Hot Springs Convention Center staff to insure that all surfaces are being sanitized between sessions of the tournament. Both parties are being proactive to ensure that everyone in attendance both on and off the court are safe from infection.
The AAA website, ahsaa.org, and social media platforms are the best way to stay informed on all things related to the upcoming state tournament finals games to be played Thursday through Saturday.
Thursday’s games will feature the best of the 1A classification with the Kirby Lady Trojans facing Viola at 12 p.m. The 1A boys will play at 1:45 p.m. with Nevada facing Izard County.
The afternoon session will feature the 2A Championship games. The 2A girls will play at 6 p.m. with Melbourne and Quitman battling for the 2A title. Earle and England will tip off at 7:45 p.m. in the boys championship game.
The 3A championship games will be played in the morning session Friday with Mountain View and Valley Springs set to play for the girls championship at 12 p.m. Rivercrest and Osceola will play at 1:45 p.m. in the boys title game.
The 4A championship games will be played in the evening session Friday. Farmington and Star City girls will play at 6 p.m.and Mills University Studies and Magnolia will play at 7:45 p.m. in the boys championship game.
The 5A championship games will be played Saturday afternoon. The girls championship game featuring Nettleton and Greenwood will begin at 12 p.m. followed by the boys championship game at 1:45 p.m. featuring West Memphis versus Jacksonville.
The championship series will wrap up Saturday evening with the 6A championship games. Bentonville and Fayetteville girls will play at 6 p.m. followed by Little Rock Central and Conway at 7:45 p.m. in the boys championship game.
All games will be played at the Hot Springs Convention Center. All attendees will be required to leave the facility after each session. You must pay to reenter for each session.