NYSPHSAA: High-risk winter sports on hold until at least January

Updated: November 17, 2020 05:11 PM
Created: November 17, 2020 11:55 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday the start of high-risk winter sports would be delayed until at least January 2021.

Those sports include basketball, ice hockey, and wrestling. 


In its updated guidelines, NYSPHSAA says Jan. 4 would be the earliest the season can start, a full Q&A can be found here.

Low, to moderate sports, are still slotted to return on Nov. 30.

In a statement, NYSPHSAA said in part:

“The NYSPHSAA membership has expressed concerns pertaining to the increase in infection rates,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “Minimizing risk and exposure to COVID-19 is a top priority of the Association. We continue to make these types of decisions based upon readily available information and communication with state officials.”  

"I think much like we've seen from the last eight months, with each passing day and each passing week, different types of data are being analyzed by state officials, and we're hopeful we eventually get to a point where our state officials determine that it's ok, appropriate and safe for high-risk sports to be given authorization to start participating," Zayas said.

Right now the decision is that the first Monday of the new year is the earliest sports like basketball, hockey and wrestling can begin to compete.

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