Syracuse, N.Y – New York state high school football will become a spring sport this season.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has decided to move football from fall to March 1 this year due to coronavirus concerns. Volleyball and cheerleading, considered high-risk activities, will also be pushed into the spring.
Low-risk sports, such as tennis, golf, swimming, field hockey, cross-country skiing, and soccer remain on the schedule for trials to begin on September 21
“” We spent two days talking to nearly 500 athletics directors across the state and it is clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic represents a significant challenge for our partner schools, “Dr. Robert Zayas, executive director of NYSPHSAA said in a statement, “These are unprecedented times and, sadly, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis. We continue to remain committed to providing support to our member schools and quality participation experiences for the students we serve. “
Bob Campese, co-chair of Section III of football, said he was “a little disappointed” with the move.
“I think the supervisors had a small reserve. Everyone wanted to be up and running, to take the opportunity. I guess now he’s adding more insanity to a year of insanity, “Campese said.
Indian River manager Cory Marsell tried to keep an optimistic approach.
“We are happy with the decision. Certainly mixed feelings, but we will know more about the virus and how it has affected our school population and our community, “he said in an email.” We should also be closer to a vaccine that will allow us to focus a little. ‘more about football “.
The revised season for football, volleyball and autumn competitive cheer will be known as “Autumn Sport Season II” and could officially begin rehearsals on March 1, 2021.
“I’m super disappointed,” said Baldwinsville women’s volleyball coach Mary Jo Cerqua del Cambio. “It seemed like it was the easier way out, for sure. At least we’re given the opportunity to play, so that’s the good thing.”
Oswego men’s volleyball coach Eric McCrobie also had mixed feelings.
“I would find it hard to believe if everyone agreed with this decision. This is not what we (coaches and players) expected at the end of the 2019-2020 season, “he said in an email.” However I think it is important that we trust the decisions made by NYSPHSAA and the people responsible for this. announcement. No adult wants to take away the opportunity from an athlete student to practice a sport, but we must also be responsible and take into account their health and safety “.
Following the move of autumn high-risk sports, the start date of the spring sports season has been adjusted to April 19, 2021. The first official practice for spring sports will now be April 19, 2021 (the original start date was March 15 ).
New York is now the eighteenth state or region to postpone high school football.
The others are:
- District of Colombia
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I was expecting this decision to be made several weeks ago, so I’m not entirely surprised, but when we were told the decision would be in the hands of the individual schools, I was confident we would have our chance, “West Genesee football said. Coach Joe Corley in an email. “Me, my staff, our players, their families, our community and others have sacrificed so much and have done everything we are asked to do. We deserved our shot to make it work.
“I am encouraged that we will have the opportunity to play and coach the game we all love this spring, but there is not a second, nothing, like the atmosphere of Friday night in the fall. It’s a unique thing our players won’t be able to experience this year. It is what we live for and what we have been waiting for. For now it hurts, but football will come back. “
Meanwhile, the state of fall sports in Section III hangs in the balance. Section III sent polls to all of its 106 school districts asking for their views on the feasibility of fall sports.
On Friday, the section’s executive committee will count the results and decide whether low-risk sports can be practiced or should be carried over to the spring season.
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