NYSPHSAA CANCELS SPRING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS — REGULAR SEASON REMAINS ON HOLD (2020-04-27)
Valley Sports Report
LATHAM, N.Y. — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announces the cancellation of the 2020 spring state championship events. (The impacted events are boys and girls track & field, tennis, baseball, softball, and boys and girls golf, and boys and girls lacrosse scheduled to be held between June 4-13).
“Unfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible,” said NYSPHSAA president Paul Haurica, citing time factors, facility and venue availability, etc.
“Today’s decision is difficult for the membership of NYSPHSAA. We certainly sympathize with the students, coaches, and their school communities, especially the graduating seniors,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director.
NYSPHSAA will continue to rely upon information from the New York Stat Department of Health, local health departments, as well as the Governor’s office for guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the spring regular season.
As of today, the spring regular season remains on hold for nine of the 11 sections. Sections VIII and XI (Long Island) officially canceled all spring events on April 21. Individual sections have the authority to decide whether to hold regular season contests.
For student-athletes to return to athletic participation this spring, schools need to be reopened by the governor of New York State. The date students can return to school will play a significant role in the possibility of a spring sports regular season.