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Indoor track start date moved to Jan. 4

The Fonda-Fultonville girls indoor track team poses for a photo after winning the Independent League championship Feb. 2 at UAlbany. (Photo submitted)

Section 2 Winter (low/moderate risk) sports are scheduled to begin on Dec. 14.

High risk sports are scheduled to begin Jan. 4, 2021, pending approval from the New York State Department of Health and New York State Public High School Athletic Association for competition.

If approval is not given, the start date will be revisited by Section 2 and the NYSPHSAA.

While indoor track is classified as a low/moderate risk sports, many questions and concerns have been raised regarding the ability to run the sport effectively, efficiently and in a safe manner.

Section 2 currently has no available facilities that can host an indoor track meet. In addition, the gathering size limitations would require the components of a meet to be divided up into multiple days and perhaps multiple sites.

The Fonda-Fultonville boys indoor track team poses with the first-place plaque after winning the Independent League championship Feb. 2 at UAlbany. (Photo submitted)

For these and other reasons, the Section 2 Executive Committee is pushing the official start date for indoor track back to Jan. 4. The added time will allow for any changes in facility acquisition or availability. It also will allow for additional planning and clarification regarding potential virtual competitions, or competitions that may not have a full compliment of events.

Section 2 President Joseph Sapienza is doing all he can to provide student-athletes with an opportunity to compete in the sports of indoor track this winter.

“If we can compete, it will not be in the manner that we have been used to,” he said in a news release. “Whatever it may look like, we hope to be able to provide some opportunities.”

Section 2’s goal and hope is that winter sports will be able to complete a good portion, if not all of the maximum allowable contests. Section 2 is looking to provide its student-athletes the opportunity to compete within the section. However, Section 2 also is recommending that Section 2 teams do not trail outside of the section/region to compete.

Should there be interruptions or a need to shut down, the section will address the circumstances at that time. With the fall 2 season tentatively scheduled to run from March 1 through April 30, and spring sports tentatively scheduled to run from May 1 through June 30, it is likely that any winter sports, if cancelled, will not have additional opportunities.

Section 2 is continuing to distribute the latest New York State Department of Health, NYSPHSAA, CSC, NFHS and COVID-19 guidance to its member schools so they can supplement their individual school district plans and provide the safest environment possible.

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