CHSAA Delays Start of Basketball, Wresting, Hockey, Cheer Seasons

CHSAA athletes may have to wait till end the end of December to learn if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health will give schools the OK to allow student-athletes to compete in high-risk winter sports.

High-risk winter sports are basketball, hockey, competitive cheer and wrestling. If the COVID-19 pandemic numbers improve in New York and the governor OKs these sports by the end of December, practices for these sports will begin on Jan. 4.

This decision also will affect the Catholic High School Football League, which is having 7 on 7 flag football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If given the OK, the CHSFL will have its first 11-on-11 tackle games on the first weekend of March.

Low-risk winter sports are permitted to begin practice Nov. 30. These sports include swimming and diving, indoor track and field and bowling.

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