Winter high school sports won’t begin until at least November 30 to give schools and sections more time to complete their fall seasons, announced yesterday by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Game competitions were also delayed for low- and moderate-risk sports playing within their own leagues.
Those can’t start until at least October 19 after initially being approved for September 21. Superintendents from across the state pushed back on that decision last week, urging for all sports to be postponed while students adjust to “new normals” at school.
Should fall or winter sports schedules be forced to even later dates, NYSPHAA officials have a contingency plan adopted that would condense all three sports seasons into the second half of the school year.
Additionally, the board voted to revise the amount of required practices for athletes to 12 practices for football and 10 for all other fall sports. It also waived a rule barring practice and/or games being held on seven consecutive days.
More guidance is expected to be released from state officials on Friday.