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NYSPHSAA Announces Cancellation of 2020 Winter State Championships

March 23, 2020   02:45 p.m.
    Press Release from New York State Public High School Athletic
    Association (NYSPHSAA):

    March 23, 2020

    NYSPHSAA ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2020 WINTER STATE
    CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Latham, NY-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association
    announces the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events.  
    The impacted championship events include the boys and girls basketball
    regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling
    championships.  Plans are being developed to honor and formally recognize the
    students and teams who qualified to participate in these championship events.

    “It is with great disappointment that we make the decision to cancel the remaining
    winter championship events,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive
    Director. “Our association’s focus is to benefit students through participation in
    interscholastic athletics and unfortunately this rapidly developing situation has
    prevented our association from providing a quality championship experience.  We
    certainly sympathize for the students who are being impacted by this crisis but at
    this time they deserve honesty from the leadership of our association.”

    Factors that played a role in this decision include but are not limited to: the
    evolving COVID-19 public threat, CDC mass gathering recommendations,
    Governor Cuomo’s declaration of a state emergency, President Trump’s
    declaration of a national emergency, input from the 11 Sections and extended
    school closures.

    “This is one of the most difficult decisions the Officers of the NYSPHSAA have
    ever had to make,” said Paul Harrica, President of NYSPHSAA.  “It has been
    determined it is not feasible for the Winter State Championships to be hosted in a
    safe and beneficial manner for the participating student-athletes and their teams
    in the near future.  The health and safety of the students we serve will always be
    our top priority.”

    With school districts closed for an extended period of time, Sections and schools
    are individually determining the Spring sport start dates and practice parameters
    that best meet the needs of the students they represent.

    The status of the NYSPHSAA Spring State Championships will be determined on
    or prior to Monday, April 27.

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