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The Southern Tier Athletic Conference postpones all sports until January 2021

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(WBNG) -- The Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) has postponed all athletics until January 4, 2021 .

STAC will follow the condensed fall, winter and spring model laid out by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The press release sent by the league said superintendents, athletic directors and league officials discussed multiple options. Ultimately, STAC Executive Director Kevin McGoff said postponing was the best scenario to keep students safe.

"Being a difficult decision and weighing all the factors, it would have been very difficult to accomplish something safely and in the best interest of the atheltes," said McGoff.

McGoff said other factors played into the decision, including transportation and the possibility of a COVID-19 spike this fall.

"We hope there's no outbreak but if there is an outbreak, school is going to shut down perhaps," he said. "There's also other obstacles going on with transportation, some schools, do they have enough transportation?"

The press release said STAC is hoping all athletic seasons can begin and end on schedule.

As outlined on the NYSPHSAA website, the condensed seasons will run ten weeks each. The dates are listed as tentative.

  • Season I (Winter Sports) - January 4 - March 13
  • Season II (Fall Sports) - March 1 - May 8
  • Season III (Spring Sports) - April 5 - June 12

McGoff said he's hopeful it will be possible to play section and state tournaments for all three seasons.

This decision comes one day after the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) pushed all fall sports to March.

Nicole Menner

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