Director of Athletics
January 28, 2021
Section 11 determined at this morning’s Athletic Council meeting, in conjunction with the Executive Board, the committee voted to approve high risk sports for high school competition following the SCDOH guidelines. They also voted to deny all modified winter sports, this includes early and late winter sports. The committee continued to restrict ALL spectators from winter contests. They cited; safety concerns and facility availability as the main reasons for the decision. This practice was recommended by the SCDOH and our physicians on our safety committee.
NYSPHSAA High-Risk Sports Permitted to Begin on February 1st;
Approval from Local Health Departments Still Required
LATHAM, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc., (NYSPHSAA) announces high risk sports have been authorized by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to begin practice and competition on February 1st, 2021 if permitted by the respective local health authorities.
On Friday afternoon, the NYSDOH released updated Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. On page 5 of the document it states, “Effective February 1, 2021, participants in higher risk sports and recreation activities may partake in individual or distanced group training and organized no/low-contact group training and, further, may partake in other types of play, including competitions and tournaments, only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e., county health departments).”
“We are extremely thankful to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health for providing authorization for all sports to begin,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “I am thrilled our association’s member schools will be able to provide over two hundred thousand students with valuable and beneficial participation experiences. Today is certainly a great day for the students of New York State.”
On Monday, January 25th NYSPHSAA will release an updated Return to Interscholastic Athletics resource document for winter sports and Fall Season II.
Latest News: North Babylon Athletics Update
New York State Public High School Athletic Association canceled all Winter State Championships today(see the link below). NYSPHSAA also indicated that all “High Risk” Winter Sports are still on pause until the State grants permission for “High Risk” sports to begin.
Section XI also indicated today that it is not canceling “High Risk” Winter Sports just following the State and indefinitely postponing until more information is received from the Governor and State.
NYSPHSAA Press Release:
In conjunction with its Athletic Council, County Athletic Directors, Safety Committee and Suffolk
County Executive Board, Section XI will be postponing all sports until January 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the reasons for this decision are the potential for increased positive cases of COVID-19, the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials and staff members, a reduced number of spectators, a lack of locker room and facility use, increased costs in transportation and security for school districts and equity among all school districts. Section XI’s Athletic Council voted unanimously this week to postpone the fall season and condense all three seasons – fall, winter, spring – from January through June. Section XI will run three complete seasons for the varsity, junior varsity and modified levels. These seasons will allow for all teams to play an adapted season with a culminating championship event. “While this was a difficult decision, we feel it was the best move for the health and safety of everyone involved,” said Section XI Executive Director Tom Combs. “We still have a lot of hard work ahead in planning and executing on the three seasons across six months in 2021, but we look forward to the challenge and collaboration with our member schools and providing an impactful experience for our student-athletes and coaches.”
The seasons will run as follows:
Varsity and JV
Season 1 (Winter), January 4- February 27
Season 2 (Fall), March 1- May 1
Season 3 (Spring), April 26- June 19
Season 1 (Winter), January 4- February 6
Season 2 (Late Winter), February 8- Mar 20
Season 3 (Fall), March 22- May 8
Season 4 (Spring), May 10- June 12
Section XI will continue to provide information on health and safety in accordance to rules and regulations provided by the New York State Public Health Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). Along with the NYSPHSAA, we continue to gather information pertaining to COVID-19 and are committed to maximizing the interscholastic athletic opportunities for students across our county.
North Babylon Athletic Update
The NYS Education Department has stated that New York State, at this time, will only be permitted to play low and moderate risk sports for the winter season. This will include Boys and Girls Bowling, Boys Swimming, Boys and Girls Winter Track which are scheduled to begin for Section 11 on January 4, 2021. We will remain optimistic that the State will reassess this decision and allow high risk sports (Basketball, Wrestling and Competitive Cheer) to be played as well.