Regular Season Remains on Hold
Latham, NY â€“ 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, boys tennis, softball, baseball, golf and both boys and girls lacrosse state championships scheduled to be held between June 4th â€“ 13th.
â€śUnfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible (time factor, facility and venue availability, etc.)â€ť said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAAâ€™s President. â€śCanceling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancelation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing.â€ť
Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director said, â€śTodayâ€™s decision is difficult for the membership of NYSPHSAA. We certainly sympathize with the students, coaches and their school communities, especially the graduating seniors.â€ť
The NYSPHSAA will continue to rely upon information from the New York State Department of Health, local health departments as well as the Governorâ€™s office for information and guidance on COVID-19 and its impact upon the spring regular season. As of today, the spring regular season remains on hold for nine of the 11 Sections; Section VIII and XI (Long Island) officially canceled all spring events on April 21st. 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.