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(WBNG) -- Schools across the Southern Tier were preparing to begin practices for high-risk sports Monday, but then the snowstorm hit.

Johnson City was just one high school in Broome County ready to begin. Athletic Director Jeff Paske said with the snow potentially impacting school and activities Tuesday, the season start date may be pushed back.

"We're looking probably late next week now for games, with the snow day," he said. "We're going to have to wait a little bit on that which is fine, it gives our student-athletes a couple extra days to prepare, and our coaches."

A finalized basketball schedule is still in the works, but Paske said the tentative plan is to have games on Tuesday's, Friday's and Saturday's.

"That's partially because of contact tracing purposes," said Paske. "Kind of giving the two day in between, and then the Friday/Saturday would be the same team."

Broome County and Tioga County will limit school districts to playing teams within their own county, meaning leagues will see some realignment.

In Broome County, that leaves about ten teams competing against each other throughout the season.

  • Maine-Endwell
  • Johnson City
  • Union-Endicott
  • Vestal
  • Chenango Valley
  • Chenango Forks
  • Susquehanna Valley
  • Windsor
  • Binghamton
  • Seton Catholic

The switch also moves Owego from the Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) for the season.

The season will end March 6, overlapping one week into the fall sports season. Because fall sports won't begin games until at least the following week, competition will not overlap.

As for championships, Paske said they have nothing planned at this time.

"It's just the goal to try to get nine, 10 games in, whatever we can do," he said.

The IAC was also set to begin practicing Monday, until the snowstorm delayed the start.

As for the MAC League, it pushed back sports until February 8.

Some schools competing in the MAC League have released statements about the situation.

According to the Greene Central School District website, the Chenango County Department of Health has released guidance. Greene said it is continuing to look for clarification in a number of areas.

Norwich Athletics shared this statement on Twitter:

12 Sports reached out to Chenango County Public Health, and has not heard back.

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