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COVID Task Force meets, votes to push back winter sports season



NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas held a media session Monday night to discuss the fifth COVID Task Force meeting held earlier in the day.

The takeaways:

  • Organized team practices fall under the 9/21 start date. No school sanctioned activities are allowed until that date.
  • The document expected to be released Friday is a 50-page guidance to advise schools how to safely bring back interscholastic athletics.
  • Officials voted to keep high-risk sports (volleyball and football) in the fall season. They will remain as fall sports, if the state allows them to compete.
  • Once the state provides a decision, it is up to individual sections or districts to determine whether or not they will play.

"If anything changes, that decision and that determination would be made by state officials," said Dr. Zayas. "Ultimately if football and volleyball want to be moved to the spring season by individual sections, they have the ability to do that. I do believe some sections are considering that."


(WBNG) -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association COVID-19 Task Force met Monday as the fall sports season nears a return.

The task force is preparing a document to provide member schools with guidance on the fall season. It is expected to be released Sept.4.

Other decisions made by NYSPHSAA officers at the meeting include:

  • Pushing back the start of the winter sports season from November 16 to Nov. 30, allowing schools more time to complete the fall season.
  • Required number of practices revised (twelve for football, ten for other sports).
  • Seven consecutive day rule waived beginning Oct. 12.
  • Low/moderate-risk sports can only compete within league or section until October 19.

High-risk sports (football and volleyball) are still being considered for the fall season.

Low/moderate-risk sports are able to begin practicing and competing Sept. 21. High-risk sports are limited to practice beginning on that date.

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