The Arkansas Activities Association has provided an update following Governor Asa Hutchinson’s comments Tuesday regarding the status of contact sports.

Hutchinson was asked about the status of contact sports such as Arkansas high school football during his Tuesday press conference.

“We have given it thought, we have had discussions with the Arkansas Activities Association,” said Hutchinson. “The Department of Health and the Arkansas Activities Association have worked very hard on this. Teams are allowed to do non-contact drills. In terms of non-contact sports, we are not ready to move. Hopefully it will get better. They can train, but not engaging in full contact drills.”

A press release from the AAA states:

“We know there are many questions that we can’t give you definitive answers for close-contact team sports on start dates, allowable practice activities for the future, plans for competition venues, etc. We are in communication with the Governor’s office and the Department of Health in efforts to provide these answers.”

We have issued guidance related to the current Governor’s Directives. Please review the AAA COVID-19 page at These are the valid directives until new directives are issued. Updates will be provided as soon as new directives are issued.

Issuing guidance or setting dates that are contrary to a Governor’s Directive is not an option.”