NYSPHSAA cancels winter championships, postpones high-risk sports

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has canceled all 2021 Winter State Championships and postponed all high-risk sports.

Posted: Dec 11, 2020 2:15 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2020 1:21 AM

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has canceled all 2021 Winter State Championships and postponed all high-risk sports.

This means Winter State Championships for bowling, basketball, boys swimming and diving, competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, indoor track and field, ice hockey, skiing, and wrestling will not take place.

The postponed high-risk sports programs will not resume until authorization is granted by state officials, according to NYSPHSAA.

High-risk sports include basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball, and wrestling.

The NYSPHSAA officers made these decisions with input from the NYSPHSAA membership and the 11 section executive directors.

“When examining the feasibility of Winter State Championships, it became apparent that travel and overnight accommodations would create a unique challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director. “At this time, we must prioritize maximizing student participation without a focus on championship events.”

Low- and moderate-risk regular season sports will continue at this time. The 2021 NYSPHSAA Spring State Championships are also expected to remain on schedule.

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