Football season moved to March in New York state

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LATHAM, N.Y. — Football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall high school sports seasons have been postponed until March 1, 2021 in New York state.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) came to the decision Wednesday night, "to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports" according to a NYSPHSAA press release.

Locally, both Cambridge and Hoosick Falls have a football program. Cambridge offers a volleyball program. Hoosick Falls offers fall cheer. These athletes will now have to wait another six months to compete in their sport.

The decision to move the three high-risk fall sports was made by the elected NYSPHSAA officers.

Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on Sept. 21.

"We've spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it's clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for our member schools," said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. "These are unprecedented times and unfortunately, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis. We continue to stay committed to providing support to our member schools and quality participation experiences for the students we serve."

The revised season for football, volleyball and fall competitive cheer will be known as "Fall Sports Season II" and may officially begin practices on March 1, 2021.

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With the three high-contact fall sports being moved, the start date for the spring sports season has been adjusted from March 15, 2021 to April 19, 2021.

"The NYSPHSAA officers have determined it would be unrealistic to host football, volleyball and competitive cheer seasons this fall," said Julie Bergman, NYSPHSAA President.

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"This continues to be the most challenging situation educators have ever addressed. I, along with my fellow officers, believe the participation experiences for football, volleyball and competitive cheer athletes will be more beneficial in the spring than in the fall."

Low and moderate risk fall sports practices are still scheduled to begin on Sept. 21 for those schools and sections who have determined it feasible to host interscholastic athletics at this time.

Regular season games can begin for low and moderate risk fall sports (girls tennis, cross country, girls swimming/diving, boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey) once student-athletes have participated in the required number of practices as per NYSPHSAA bylaws.

Youth flag football registration open

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BENNINGTON — Todd Ordway is organizing a flag football season for kids in third through sixth grade. The youth tackle football season was canceled earlier this summer.

This is a non sponsored league that will be play at your own risk. Masks are required while playing.

Practices will be held on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and games on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

There will be no fee to play, but donations will be accepted for MAYAA Football to help offset the cost of storage unit fees.

The first night of practice, as well as a brief parent meeting, will be Sept. 16. Games will begin Sept. 19.

Please register by emailing ordwaytodd@yahoo.com.


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