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(WBNG) -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association held two meetings Tuesday to discuss the return of fall sports.

In a release, the NYSPHSAA announced staff members met with section executive directors Tuesday morning, followed by a meeting with the COVID-19 Task Force.

The original timeline shared by NYSPHSAA last week indicated these meetings would take place within 48 hours of guidance being released.

The release states additional meetings will be held by the end of the week to continue discussions. The release specifically pointed out the need to address three topics:

  • The number of required practices students need before playing scrimmages/games.
  • The number of games allowed during the fall season
  • The development of consideration for schools to use as athletics return.

Following Governor Cuomo's guidance on Monday, Chenango Forks Athletic Director Dave Hogan said he didn't expect low-risk sports to get cleared to play.

"I actually was somewhat surprised with the way things were going. But some is better than none there's no doubt about that. So happy to hear we're at least gonna try it," he said.

As Forks' football coach, Hogan said getting permission to practice beginning September 21 is positive news but it will be difficult to motivate the team without promise of games.

"Hopefully down the road we're able to have some competition," said Hogan. "I'm sure I'm speaking for everybody. If any sport is going to just practice with no chance of playing the game you'd rather take your chances and go later in the school year."

Hogan said there's a lot of questions right now, but he's hopeful answers will come this week and practice can begin soon.

"It's just not knowing, is really tough," said Hogan. "We always talk about controlling the uncontrollables and stuff like that. We don't have any control over what's going to be decided at that level so you just have to prepare for it as if it's going to happen."

For more on the guidance released Monday, click here.

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