Wasaren League postpones fall sports until March 2021
Local New York schools will now have to wait until March to play their fall sports.
The Wasaren League, which both Cambridge and Hoosick Falls are members of, announced on Monday via a press release that all fall sports will be moved to March 2021 and played under the Fall Sports II season.
"After thorough deliberation during a series of meetings between Wasaren League school Superintendents, the league has decided to postpone all fall 2020 sports to the Fall II season in spring 2021 with football, volleyball and competitive cheer," the press release read.
"Significant discussions took place considering the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, contact tracing, transportation, scheduling, and the safe management of sporting events. The Superintendents agreed that the focus in September and October should be on the safe and healthy reopening of schools," the press release continued.
Hoosick Falls Superintendent Patrick Dailey reiterated that as a league "we discussed at length and decided that it was in the best interest of the schools, for the students, staff and everyone that we focus on the reopening for the students and the staff."
"We're trying to be as safe as possible and as healthy as possible for the students that are returning right now," Dailey said.
Hoosick Falls athletic director Tom Husser said he wasn't surprised by the news to move all fall sports to the spring.
"I had the feeling," Husser said. "But I always kept hope that they were going to change their mind."
Dailey said that the requirements needed in order to sponsor sports this fall have "put a stress on the system."
"I'm very sympathetic to the students and players and parents and everyone involved," Dailey said.
The Fall II season is set to begin March 1 and conclude May 8, according to NYSPHSAA.
The news comes after Section II gave the green light on Thursday for low and moderate fall sports to be played starting Sept. 21, the official start date for the fall season in New York state.
The Wasaren League is one of eight leagues that make up Section II. The Western Athletic Conference, also a member of Section II, announced they are moving soccer to the Fall II season, while planning to still offer all other low and moderate risk fall sports.
The other six leagues in Section II: Adirondack League, CHVL, Colonial Council, Foothills Council and the Patroon Conference all plan to offer all low and moderate risk fall sports as of this writing.
"The rest of them are playing," Husser said. "That's why I was holding out hope."
Football, competitive cheer and volleyball, deemed as "high-risk" sports, had already been moved to the Fall II season after a statewide decision by the NYSPHSAA on Sept. 9.
Husser said that weather could pose a potential problem with the Fall II season.
"We need some help with mother nature now," Husser said. "We've had March's where the last week of March is 70 degrees and the fields dry up. But we've also had March where at the end of the month we get dumped on with an 18 inch snowstorm."
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