Okay, it's Friday, May 1. Students are presumably back at school and eager to get back on the diamonds, fields, tracks, courts and courses.

But the spring sports schedules will obviously be condensed, if not altogether eliminated.

“Honestly at this point, we really have no idea,” Franklin County High School athletic director Denny Dorrel admitted. “Priority will be given to getting conference games/meets/matches completed with a huge focus on getting ready for the state tournament.”

The girls track and field sectional is slated for May 19 at Franklin County High School, leaving just 15 days for warm-up meets or invitationals (Sundays are off limits, per the Indiana High School Athletic Association). The first date for the girls tennis postseason is May 20, with the boys track/field sectional the following day. FCHS will host the softball sectional starting May 25, and Greensburg the baseball tourney beginning May 27.

The Richmond golf sectional is set for June 8.

Dorrel acknowledged his department's finances will take a hit, but his thoughts are more with the athletes and greater community.
“The majority of our fundraisers are in the spring and we're losing money from lost (admission) gates,” he remarked.

“My heart goes out to our seniors,” the AD went on. “This spring was shaping up to be a banner season for all our sports, but the most important thing is the health and safety of our students and community.”

Maybe not of equal importance is deciding an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference champ in each sport. The conference track meet is May 14 at Batesville, leaving just 11 open dates for preliminary meets. Connersville's Willowbrook Country Club is the site of the boys EIAC meet May 16.

The others typically rely on overall standings to determine a league champion. Will the annual EIAC individual girls tennis tourney at Greensburg (May 14 & 16) double as a team tourney opportunity? Normally, softball and baseball routines feature a home-and-home series inside the conference for a total of 14 games. Can enough doubleheaders be scheduled in 20-odd days to complete that quota, or – as is more likely – will the EIAC schedule be sliced in half?

As it stands right now, fall sports are shaping up to be the least scathed. In an unprecedented move by the IHSAA, the remainder of the boys basketball state tournament was completely canceled for 2020.

"Tough times never last, tough people do!" added Dorrel.

National, world outlook just as grim

The first bombshells came when the NBA halted a game midway on March 11, then proceeded to suspend all play indefinitely. Then, just days before Selection Sunday, the NCAA decided to cancel all Division I tournaments for the rest of the academic year; of course, this meant no March Madness since the National Invitation Tournament began in 1938 and no wrestling championships (March 19-21).

The NHL, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball soon followed suit. Before long, key sporting events were postponed across the calendar or outright canceled.

Now the question is: When do we hear “Play ball” or “Start your engines” again?

UFC president Dana White may have a say in that. His organization held a fight night in Brazil on March 14 and White's adamant that UFC 249 – headliner is lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson – will take place April 18 at an undetermined site, with or without fans. Two other cards were canceled, including an April 11 date.

Hockey's Stanley Cup playoff series was to open the first week of April, meaning the NHL has the least amount of makeup games among the major sports. The league hasn't ruled out completing its 82-game season and full playoff schedule by the end of August.

The Masters golf tournament, slated for April 9-12, could be played in October or November, according to rumors. (One enterprising news site tried to speculate on the new date by checking hotel availability/prices in October near Augusta.) March's Player Championship was canceled, as were the next 10 events. Play is expected to resume May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Ft. Worth. The European Tour's resumption should be May 28 in Ireland.

The PGA Championship in May has been postponed until possibly September. The Ryder Cup may be postponed until next year and the British Open could be pushed back.

The NBA's 82-game slate was to wrap up April 15, just days after a 30-day hiatus ends. As all but one team were alive for a playoff spot upon suspended play, it appears the league wants to complete the regular season and all playoff games, possibly crowning a champ in late July. Commissioner Adam Silver said he's looking at several options, including games with no fans, charity competitions, and even shifting the calendar from December to August going forward. The WNBA's season opens May 15.

The NFL stands to be the least affected as of now. The draft in Las Vegas April 23-25, despite some pushback from owners, is still taking place. No public events will be held, however. The new XFL canceled the remainder of its inaugural season and the Canadian Football League doesn't open until June 11.

Baseball's Opening Day, originally set for March 26, will now be anyone's guess. Best estimates are sometime between June 1 and July 1. A 100-game season is feasible, with the All-Star Game delayed (or canceled) and the World Series possibly pushed back to November. The June amateur draft can be postponed but must be held prior to July 20, per an agreement. The Little Leaguers hold their World Series in mid-August.

The NCAA Council voted March 30 on whether to grant another year of eligibility to current seniors involved in spring sports. This came after all spring championships, i.e. College World Series, were canceled on the heels of the basketball tourneys. College football seems to be in a fortunate spot, a la the NFL.

The Boston Marathon, another April staple, was moved from 4/20 to Sept. 14. The London Marathon was moved from April 26 to Oct. 4. At least 13 other marathons were canceled and nine postponed. Five triathlons were postponed and at least 29 cycling races/tours canceled. The Tour de France has not been moved from its late June start date yet, but no fans are expected.

The Kentucky Derby has moved its 'Run for the Roses' from a traditional first Saturday in May to Sept. 5. The other Triple Crown races will likely be affected; the Preakness could also move to September, while the Belmont Stakes are tentatively set for June 6.

All MLS matches are suspended until May 10 and soccer leagues worldwide are on hiatus. The MLS is committed to playing the entire schedule and possibly moving the MLS Cup to December.

The big motorsports news came when the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 was moved from Memorial Day weekend, a first since 1946. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will now take place Aug. 23. The GMR Grand Prix in Indy on May 9 was also postponed. The next IndyCar event is the Dual in Detroit May 30-31.

NASCAR fans saw seven races postponed and plans are to reschedule each. The May 9 race at Martinsville might bring the next green flag, followed by All-Star weekend on May 16. Meanwhile,  Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch are among the drivers participating in the simulation eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

Formula 1 has seen two races canceled and six others postponed. Next scheduled is June 14 in Canada.

Tennis enthusiasts will go without live events until at least June 7. The season's second Grand Slam will now likely be the final, as the French Open was shifted from its late-May start to Sept. 20-Oct. 4. According to reports, Wimbledon will be canceled for the first time since 1945. Some Davis Cup qualifiers may be held without spectators.

Last, but certainly not least, are the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In a major announcement March 25, the summer games will be postponed until July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. 

Qualification events will certainly be affected by this big news. The Invictus Games in The Hague have also been postponed from an original May 9-16 schedule.