Three fall sports have been postponed until March.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) said Wednesday that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March because of concerns associated with high-risk fall sports.
Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on September 21, 2020 as previously announced.
“We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it’s clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “These are unprecedented times and unfortunately, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis. We continue to stay committed to providing support to our member schools and quality participation experiences for the students we serve.”
The revised season for football, volleyball and fall competitive cheer will be known as “Fall Sports Season II” and may officially begin practices on March 1.
As a result of fall high-risk sports being moved, the start date for the spring sports season has been adjusted to April 19, 2021. The first official practice for spring sports will now be April 19, 2021 (the original start date was March 15).
Low and moderate risk fall sports practices are still scheduled to begin on Sept. 21 for those schools and sections that want to proceed..