On today’s Meet Cortland County:
Homer Athletic Director Todd Lisi discussed the ever-changing world of high school sports during a pandemic.
Cortland County recently issued full guidance on resuming those deemed ‘higher risk’ by the state, which include football, wrestling, ice hockey, basketball and lacrosse.
Each locality was directed to develop its own plans by NYSDOH and NYSPHSAA. Individual school districts were also required to submit sport-specific safety preparedness documents of their own — see Homer’s here.
Lisi said there are small, yet significant, differences in each that complicate logistical concerns like scheduling and transportation.
Section III alone is made up of eleven counties and over 100 school districts.
Practices began this week for a shortened winter season that runs until March 14.
State championships have already been canceled, but sectionals remain a possibility.
Then on March 1: A new concept of Fall 2 brings the return of football, soccer and field hockey seasons into an unfamiliar spring backdrop, finishing up around April 30.
Spring sports will take place April 19-June 30. However, the latter date might change depending on Regents week.
Modified seasons are being organized separately by each league.