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Ruling Is For All Sports; Workouts Can Begin As Early As Nov. 2

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

The Section 1 Executive Committee tonight cleared the way for football, volleyball, competitive cheerleading and all other high school sports to begin sport-specific off-season workouts, a piece of welcome news for all athletes but especially those whose fall seasons were postponed until the spring and have been in limbo.

Workouts can begin as soon as Monday, Nov. 2, the first time since mid-March – when the coronavirus pandemic canceled the remainder of the winter season and all of spring  – that sports from those seasons can assemble as a team to train.

Winter sports are still scheduled to begin on Nov. 30; football, volleyball and cheerleading will start on March 1 in what is being called the ‘Fall II Season.’

Section 1 also decided that, in lieu of traditional sectional tournaments, fall sports will conclude with “regionalized championships.” Presumably that means local championships, as in grouping teams based on their physical location. In a statement, the section did say that “concerns over travel and the Section’s ability to maintain a playoff opportunity that prioritizes the health and safety of our student-athletes framed much of the Committee’s decision.”

By the same token, Section 1 also amended its Basic League Alignment for team sports basketball, baseball and softball so that teams play other schools based more on geographic proximity.

Sports that were deemed as high-risk of transmitting the virus by the New York State Department of Health – football, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, ice hockey and wrestling – have not been given the approval for practice and competition yet by the Governor’s office. That decision is expected in early November.

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