‘High-risk’ fall high school sports postponed until March 1

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(WSYR-TV) — NYSPHSAA football, volleyball, and cheerleading fall seasons have been moved to March 1, 2021.

“We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it’s clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenger for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, the NYSPHSAA executive director.

The revised seasons will be known as “Fall Sports Season II” and practices can officially begin March 1.

As a result of those fall sports being moved, the start date for the spring sports season has been moved to April 19, 2021.

The original start date for spring sports was supposed to be March 15, 2021.

The NYSPHSAA officers have determined it would be unrealistic to host football, volleyball and competitive cheer seasons this fall. This continues to be the most challenging situation educators have ever addressed. I, along with my fellow officers, believe the participation experiences for football, volleyball and competitive cheer athletes will be more beneficial in the spring than in the fall

NYSPHSAA President Julie Bergman

Low and moderate risk sports will still be allowed to proceed with practices on Sept. 21.

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