New York High School Fall Sports Season Delayed
There's a little good news, and a little bad news in the NYSPHSAA's announcement. They've announced they will delay the start of fall sports for high schools this year.
There is still so much uncertainty as we get closer to the beginning of the calendar school year. Will the kids physically be going back to school this year? What will the school day look like? Will there be competitive sports?
That one was partially answered today.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) will be delaying the start of high school sports until September 21st. However, the regional and state championship events will be cancelled this year.
This will also impact the 2021 "winter sports" schedule as they would have to have a condensed schedule prepared in case high school sports remain postponed throughout 2020 due to COVID19.
“We recognize this is challenging for everyone, but the decisions made at the State level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of COVID and reopen responsibly,” Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director.
According to WGRZ, this is what the condensed 2021 schedule would look like if it has to be implemented:
Season I (Winter Sports)
Dates: Jan. 4-Mar. 13 (Week 27-36) 10 Weeks *Note: tentative dates
Sports: basketball (girls & boys), bowling (girls & boys), gymnastics, ice hockey (girls & boys), indoor track & field (girls & boys), skiing (girls & boys), swimming (boys),
Due to the high-risk nature of wrestling and competitive cheer, those sports may be moved to season II or season III.
Season II (Fall Sports)
Dates: Mar. 1-May 8 (Week 35-44) 10 Weeks *Note: tentative dates
Sports: football, cross country (girls & boys), field hockey, soccer (girls & boys), swimming (girls), volleyball (girls & boys), Unified bowling.
Girls Tennis will be moved to Season III.
Season III (Spring Sports)
Dates: Apr. 5-Jun. 12 (Week 40-49) 10 Weeks *Note: tentative dates
Sports: baseball, softball, golf (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), tennis (girls & boys), outdoor track & field (girls & boys), Unified basketball.