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Majority of Section 2 fall sports to begin on Sept. 21

Football, volleyball and cheerleading have March start date

LATHAM — The Section 2 Executive Committee, with input from NYSDOH, NYSED, NYSPHSAA, School Administrators, Athletic Directors, Sport Coordinators, Section 2 Sport Officials, Section 2 COVID-19 Task Force, and the other 10 Section Executive Directors has made the decision to begin the fall sport season on Sept. 21 in accordance with the Governor’s approval announcement.

Fall sport offerings include the following low to moderate level risk sports: cross-country, field hockey, golf, soccer, girls swimming and diving and girls tennis.

On Sept. 9, NYSPHSAA made the decision to postpone the fall season for the high-risk sports of cheerleading, football and volleyball. Those sports are scheduled to have their Fall 2 Season in March and April.

Section 2 President Joseph Sapienza has guided the Executive Committee with the focus being on the mission statement. The mission statement includes: Our primary goal is to provide safe quality experiences which foster sportsmanship for our student-athletes, coaches, fans and school communities. “The Section’s goal through all of this was to be able to provide a safe opportunity to participate for all of our sport offerings,” said Sapienza.

This decision has been made with an understanding of the many challenges school districts and those involved in interscholastic athletics will face.

With the guidance provided and the commitment to a high level of compliance with that guidance, we can safely provide this opportunity to our member schools. Section 2 Executive Director Ed Dopp shared, “We understand that for a variety of legitimate logistical reasons some school districts may opt out of our fall sport offerings. In those cases, we respect and support the individual district decision.”

The Fall 2020 season will begin on Sept. 21st and run through Nov. 28th. The season will focus on regular season play, primarily with league competition. For the Fall 2020 Season there will be no Sectional or NYSPHSAA Regional or State competition.

The committe’s hope and goal is that fall sports will be able to complete a good portion, if not all, the maximum allowable contests. Should there be interruptions or a need to shut down, the Section has a plan in place to address those circumstances.

The committee will continue to distribute the NYSDOH, NYSPHSAA, CDC, NFHS and COVID-19 guidance to the member schools so that they can supplement their individual school district re-opening plans and provide the safest environment possible.

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