NYSPHSAA Postpones Start Date for High Risk Winter Sports

November 17, 2020   02:30 p.m.
    Press Release from NYSPHSAA:

    NYSPHSAA Postpones Start Date for High Risk Winter Sports

    Low and moderate risk sports on schedule to begin November 30th

    Latham, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association
    (NYSPHSAA) has announced the start date for high risk winter sports
    (basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling) will be moved to
    January 4, 2021.  Until authorization is granted by state officials, NYSPHSAA
    member schools are not permitted to participate in sports determined to be high
    risk by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).  Low and moderate
    risk winter sports will be permitted to begin on November 30th as previously
    determined by NYSPHSAA.

    “The NYSPHSAA membership has expressed concerns pertaining to the
    increase in infection rates,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive
    Director. “Minimizing risk and exposure to COVID-19 is a top priority of the
    Association.  We continue to make these types of decisions based upon readily
    available information and communication with state officials.”

    Low and moderate risk winter sport practices (bowling, gymnastics, indoor track
    & field, skiing, and swimming & diving) are still on schedule to begin on
    November 30th for those schools and sections who have determined it feasible
    to host interscholastic athletics at that time.  Regular season games/contests can
    begin for low and moderate risk fall sports once student-athletes have
    participated in the required number of practices as per NYSPHSAA bylaws.

    “NYSPHSAA’s leadership recognizes the numerous challenges interscholastic
    programs are experiencing and the obstacles associated with resuming high risk
    sports,” said Julie Bergman, NYSPHSAA President. “While it is certainly the goal
    of the Association to provide all students with the ability to participate in
    interscholastic athletics we must remain steadfast in our decisions to ensure the
    safety of our athletes is our focus.”

    At this time, all winter NYSPHSAA State Championship events remain as
    scheduled.


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