NYSPHSAA cancels 2020 spring state championship events, Section III remains hopeful to salvage season

High School spring sports state championships have been cancelled in New York State for the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Section III remains on pause, but hopeful it can hold some form of competition.

Posted: Apr 27, 2020 8:19 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2020 12:04 AM

LATHAM, N.Y. - The New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the cancellation of 2020 spring state championship events due to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday.

Sports affected by the cancellation are boys tennis, softball, baseball, boys and girls track & field, boys and girls lacrosse, and golf. The state championships across all sports were due to be held between June 4-13.

"Unfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible (time factor, facility and venue availability, etc.)," said NYSPHSAA President, Paul Harrica. "Cancelling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancellation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing."

The NYSPHSAA has left the possibility for regular season and sectional events open with the decisions for those resting with each individual section.

So far, Sections VIII and XI, both on Long Island, have cancelled their entire spring seasons. Section 2, in the Capital District, announced the cancellation of their sectional events, Monday, with regular season contests still on the table at the moment.

Section III in central New York is holding out hope that they can still salvage some form of regular season and sectional play, though it wouldn't be able to begin until schools re-open.

"[I'm] not surprised by the cancellation of the NYSPHSAA championships considering the number of days we have left in this school year," said Section III Executive Director, John Rathbun, in a statement to NEWSChannel 2, Monday. "Section III is still following all of the NYS Pause guidelines and look forward to the day we can get our students back in school."

As of right now, Governor Cuomo's New York State on Pause guidelines reach until at least May 15 with a further determination to come over the next couple of weeks.

Should schools return on that date, practice times, game schedules and other logistical items would still have to be determined making it less likely that sports would begin right on that date as well.

Section III and the NYSPHSAA continue to rely on information from the New York State Department of Health, local health departments, and the Office of the Governor for guidance in making their determinations.

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