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NYSPHSAA cancels Winter States, postpones all high-risk sports

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NYSPHSAA announced the cancellation of 2021 Winter State Championships, along with the postponement of all high-risk sports until further authorization is provided by the state.

The decision was made based on rising infection and hospitalization rates across New York State, with input drawn from each of the 11 Section Executive Directors.

“When examining the feasibility of Winter State Championships, it became apparent that travel and overnight accommodations would create a unique challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “At this time, we must prioritize maximizing student participation without a focus on championship events.”

High risk sports include basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball, and wrestling.

State championships that are cancelled include: Bowling, basketball, boys swimming & diving, competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, indoor track & field, ice hockey, skiing, and wrestling.

Low- and moderate-risk regular season sports are still permitted.

Additionally, the 2021 NYSPHSAA Spring State Championships remain scheduled at this time.

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