NYSPHSAA postpones start date for high-risk winter sports

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recently announced the start date for high-risk winter sports will be delayed to Jan. 4, 2021.  

Until authorization is granted by state officials, NYSPHSAA member schools are not permitted to participate in sports determined to be high risk by the New York State Department of Health. These sports include basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling.

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

Low- and moderate-risk winter sports, including bowling, gymnastics, indoor track and field, skiing and swimming and diving will be permitted to begin Nov. 30.