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Arizona sports teams preparing for coronavirus impacts

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By Tabitha Peterson | Mar 17, 2020

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The Arizona sports community is preparing for the impact of COVID-19.

Arizona's 15 Cactus League teams received a notification earlier this month from the MLB suggesting that players do not take pens and baseballs to sign autographs due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

Members of the NHL Coyotes and the state's governing body for high school sports teams are also making changes and following the national federation.

“We have to be aware that it could potentially hit our area, and we want to be mindful and we want to prepare as we move forward," David Hines, the executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Federation, told the Phoenix Business Journal. "We don’t want to panic yet, but we want to pay attention."

Globally, several sports organizations have either canceled games and practices or set specific boundaries and guidelines amidst the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, China. These precautions have been put in place to help prevent or stop the spread of the disease.

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