HUDSON — Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his first directive in his briefing Monday morning, finally addressing the prospect of high school sports returning in New York State.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association had already delayed the start of the fall season until at least September 21. As part of the governor’s presentation, some of those interscholastic competitions can begin to resume on that date.
Lower-risk sports like tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey, and swimming were the sports specified on this list of competitions that could begin on that delayed start date of September 22.
Governor Cuomo maintained that interscholastic athletics would still have to adhere to the New York State Department of Health’s protocols and guidelines. In addition, there is also no travel practice or play permitted outside of the school’s region or contiguous regions or counties until October 19.
A further directive from the briefing was made clear that higher risk sports with full physical contact like tackle football, wrestling, rugby, and ice hockey, may continue to practice but are not authorized to play.
NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas announced via Twitter, that following this decision, he will meet with Section Executive Directors and the COVID Task Force on Tuesday to review specific guidance moving forward.