LATHAM — With fall sports practices slated to begin 34 days from now, New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) officials said Monday, they hope to ring in a season of familiarity, after the 2020-21 school year was turned upside down by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The NYSPHSAA has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions pertaining to athletics and recreation, Director of Communication for NYSPHSAA Chris Watson said.
“As of right now, we’re a full go,” Watson said.
Although the athletic association has announced its lift of requirements, local schools and administrations can still determine the extent of their guidance, the communications director said.
This includes, yet is not limited to rule implementations surrounding masks or spectators.
“A school or a section can choose to be more restrictive,” Watson said. “For us, (NYSPHSAA) it would be (through) whatever comes out from the State Department of Health or the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).
“It’s been a long time …(This is) the best position we’ve been at in 18 months.”
Executive Director of Section 10 Carl Normandin said his section will be following NYSPHSAA’s guidance, though districts are free to establish rules they believe will best advocate safety.
“I cannot speak to any specific school restrictions that may be in place during the season,” Normandin said. “Each school has the authority to implement, follow any restrictions they feel are be necessary.”