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NYSPHSAA postpones high-risk winter sports

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High-risk winter sports are postponed until at least January 4, 2021.

The decision was made in a vote by NYSPHSAA officials, due to rising concerns about increasing COVID-19 rates statewide.

Low- to moderate-risk winter sports can still begin on November 30. These include bowling, gymnastics, indoor track & field, skiing, and swimming & diving.

Programs considered high-risk are basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling.

“Minimizing risk and exposure to COVID-19 is a top priority of the Association,” said executive director Dr. Robert Zayas. “We continue to make these types of decisions based upon readily available information and communication with state officials.”

Member schools can’t begin any high-risk sports activities until the state DOH grants official permission,

Regular season games/contests for low- to moderate-risk sports can begin once student-athletes complete the required number of practices dictated in NYSPHSAA bylaws.

At this time, all winter State Championship events remain as scheduled.

“NYSPHSAA’s leadership recognizes the numerous challenges interscholastic programs are experiencing and the obstacles associated with resuming high risk sports,” said Julie Bergman, NYSPHSAA President. “While it is certainly the goal of the Association to provide all students with the ability to participate in interscholastic athletics we must remain steadfast in our decisions to ensure the safety of our athletes is our focus.”

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