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Move Comes On Heels Of NYSPHSAA Decision For High-Risk Sports

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Just days after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association moved the start of high-risk winter sports to a Jan. 4, 2021 start, the Section 1 Executive Committee did the same on Friday with low- to moderate-risk sports as well.


Instead of beginning on Monday, Nov. 30 as previously announced, Section 1 said there was “evidence of a clear desire on the part of the (82) Section 1 member schools to delay the start of low- and moderate-risk winter sports.”


Those sports include bowling, fencing, gymnastics, skiing, boys swimming and indoor track and field.


The high-risk winter sports of boys and girls basketball, wrestling, ice hockey and competitive cheerleading have not yet been authorized to play by the New York State Governor’s office or by the state Department of Health.


Based on their individual needs, a district may choose to be more restrictive and further delay the start of their season. In addition, the Section 1 Executive Committee said it respects that individual districts are faced with a wide range of challenges which may impact their ability to offer programs.


“The success of Fall Season I has been made possible by the support of individual school
district superintendents and boards of education. The hard work, commitment to minimizing risk, and the determination of Athletic Directors, coaches and student-athletes throughout Section 1 have been instrumental,” Todd Santabarbara, Section 1 Executive Director, said in a statement. “Today’s decision to delay the start of low- and moderate-risk winter sports affords school districts additional time to effectively transition and plan for the start of a winter season in a safe and responsible manner.”

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