In a press release, Section III Executive Director John Rathbun states that effective Monday, March 16, “all interscholastic athletic events will be suspended based on the evolving covid-19 public health threat. The official start date for all Spring Sports will be April 14.”
This is in accordance with Oneida and neighboring counties going into a state of emergency which closes all schools until April 14.
This is coming days after the New York State winter championship tournaments were suspended and the NCAA canceling the remainder of winter sports championships and spring sports seasons across all divisions.
Rathbun also states that Section III will continue to adhere to the state's education department and public high school athletic association regulations.
Contests will resume once practice requirements are met. As far as the structure of the spring sports post season, Section III has committed to an open sectional tournament meaning any and all teams will advance into post season play instead of having to qualify.