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NYSPHSAA Section Executive Directors meet to discuss guidance on low-risk sports return

Section Executive Directors: "We've got a lot of work to do," ahead of September 21 resumption date.

Posted: Aug 29, 2020 12:08 AM
Updated: Aug 29, 2020 12:37 AM

WKTV - On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that lower and moderate risk sports can begin play on September 21.

On Thursday, the Council of School Superintendents sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that he delay the start of sports until January, 2021.

Following that, on a conference call with the media, the Governor responded by saying that the guidance provided is “not a mandate” and that “the decision whether to play or not is up to the local school districts”.

Tonight, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section Executive Directors met to discuss this guidance further.

Section Executive Directors, NYSPHSAA Officers and staff met via video teleconference and say that it was a “very positive meeting” and that "we've got a lot of work to do".

The association is working on a document with details that are needed to return to athletics on September 21 for members. It should be released on or before September 4th.

The NYSPHSAA Covid task force will meet on Monday to discuss and review state guidance.

Currently, lower risk sport such as: cross country, golf, soccer, field hockey, tennis can resume play on September 21.

High-risk sports such as football, volleyball, basketball and ice hockey, can begin practice on September 21, but are not permitted to play against other teams at the youth or interscholastic level.

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