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State group declines February start of high-risk high school sports, including football

State group declines February start of high-risk high school sports, including football

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Section VI-Class AA-Football-Far West Regional

The start of practice for “high-risk” sports not played in the fall remains scheduled for March 1 after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s executive committee narrowly defeated a proposal to start a week earlier.

What is being called “Fall 2” includes football, volleyball and competitive cheerleading, which were not authorized to be played in their traditional spots on the calendar because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Officials from Section I proposed that those sports be allowed to begin practice Feb. 22, with section approval. The executive committee moved it from a discussion item to an action item.

The 22 voting members of the committee split 10-10 with two abstentions. NYSPHSAA President Julie Bergman then voted against changing the start date so the proposal was defeated.

An earlier start date would create a more equitable season length across the four-season model with no overlap between seasons, unless a section chose to extend their season and/or was participating in a NYSPHSAA Regional or State Championship,” Section I said in explaining its rationale.

Under the current calendar, winter sports end Feb. 21, except for teams playing deep into the postseason. The proposal would have started Fall 2 the next day.

So, what has been a long wait for those affiliated with those sports won't get any shorter. 

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