Some rodeo rides on
The last of high school sports not sanctioned by the Wyoming High School Activities Association has ended its season, too.
The Wyoming High School Rodeo Association has cancelled the remainder of its slate, including the state finals, which were scheduled to run June 1-6 in Gillette.
The National High School Finals Rodeo, slated for July 19-25 in Lincoln, Nebraska, is still on, though the junior high finals scheduled to run in Des Moines, Iowa, have been axed.
The rodeo season for 2019-20 consisted of just four fall rodeos with the spring slate wiped out. WyoPreps.com reported the top four in each event will still qualify for the NHSFR based on their fall rodeo standings alone. According to WHSRA’s website, three from Jackson meet that mark. Brody Hasenack finished first in the bull riding standings with 45 points, and fellow Jacksonite Tipton Wilson was third with 25. In breakaway, Hailey Hardeman finished third with 36 points.
An earlier version of this story left out Hailey Hardeman in the list of National Finals High School Rodeo qualifiers from Jackson.
Resort unveils summer opening
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s summer offerings will begin at the end of the month, with staggered operations entering the fold through June.
The Bridger Gondola will kick it off, opening May 30. The Aerial Tram will be offline for the duration of summer in an effort to abide by social distancing guidelines amidst COVID-19. It will also undergo extensive maintenance, originally slated for 2021, but bumped up because the tram will be idle.
Along with the Bridger Gondola, base area retail operations are slated to open at the end of the month. Jackson Hole Sports, Teton Village Sports and Rodeo are slated to open May 23. The General Store and the Off-Piste Market for take-away items will open May 30.
Later in June, the resort is planning to open more of its summer operations in Teton Village, including the Via Ferrata, and the Teewinot chairlift to service the Jackson Hole Bike Park.
Base area activities, like the climbing wall, bungee trampoline and Frisbee golf course, will be open as well as the Tin Can Cantina.
Piste Mountain Bistro and The Deck are planned to open July 1.
Resort shops, restaurants and activities will require masks for guests in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Update: Teton Valley Sports, Jackson Hole Sports and Rodeo will be open May 23.
Riding, swimming resume
Swimming and rodeo are among the activities that will get a boost as county facilities reopen to the public.
The Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center, including the swimming pool, will open Tuesday, Teton County Commissioner Natalia D. Macker announced during Friday’s community update at Town Hall. Some restrictions will be in place, she said.
The Parks and Recreation Department also plans to offer its summer camps, with some restrictions, she said.
The rodeo arena at the Teton County Fairgrounds is open to the public but requires making an appointment. For information the public may contact Hadley Steward at 733-5289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance released for high school sports
The National Federation of State High School Associations released guidance for state high school associations to consider in reopening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation.
The document was developed by the federation’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, a 15-member advisory committee composed of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, high school coaches and officials, research specialists and state high school association executives that develops position statements related to medical aspects of conducting high school athletics.
Similar to how parts of the country have reopened ahead of others due to virus containment levels, the guidance document was developed with the realization that there likely will be variation from one area of the country to another as to which sports and activities are allowed to be played and held.
Along those same lines, the guidance document describes a staged approach to reopening high school sports and other activities, similar to the phases of “opening up” outlined by the White House last month. The committee suggests that state high school associations consult with their state and local health departments for determining the appropriate dates for implementing a phased-in approach.
The guidance developed for state associations suggests a possible sport breakdown for higher risk, moderate risk and lower risk, with the basis for the breakdown tied to the potential exposure to respiratory droplets. As an example, the interaction of participants in higher-risk sports such as football and wrestling presents more of a concern for transmission of the virus than lower-risk sports like individual running events and golf.
The guidance document also addresses a possible progression for returning to activities, hygiene practices, transportation to and from events, social-distancing suggestions during contests and a tiered approach to who should be allowed to attend events.
The full document can be found at NFHS.org.