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Athletics update – Fall sports FAQ

Filed in Archive, BCHS, BCMS by on June 23, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about Fall 2020 Athletics

Q. Will there be fall sports at BC in 2020?

A. We don’t know yet. On June 10, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held the first meeting of its statewide COVID-19 Task Force to examine the safe return to interscholastic athletics for the fall 2020 season, as well as for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. NYSPHSAA is the governing body responsible for establishing rules and regulations that allow for safe competition in high school athletics across the state. At that meeting, the Task Force — which includes representatives from the New York state Education Department and the New York state Department of Health — found that there was not enough valid or reliable information available to make decisions about the fall season.

For now, our tentative start dates for all fall sports remain unchanged:

  • August 24 – Freshman, JV & varsity
  • August 27 – Modified football only
  • August 31 – All other modified sports

Any changes to these dates will be subject to the directives of state and local officials, with recommendations from NYSPHSAA, other interscholastic athletic organizations and district leadership. Changes will be communicated with families as soon as possible.

Our BCSD Re-entry Committee on Athletics & Co-Curriculars has been meeting regularly to review all new information, data and guidance documents from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Federation of State High Schools Association (NFHS), the NYS Education Department (SED), NYS Department of Health, and the NYS Parks and Recreation Department.  Our committee will continue to examine all aspects of safe re-entry for our students, coaches, staff and spectators. Any updates will be communicated as they become available.

Q. Who will make the final decisions on when and if fall sports can be held?

A. While there are several groups providing guidance and recommendations (school district, Section 2, NYSPHSAA committees) the final decision on fall sports will likely come from the NYS Department of Health, along with the State Education Department (SED).

Q. Does the opening of low-risk youth sports in New York State on July 6 mean that low-risk HS sports may begin?

A. No. The announcement by the Governor that “low risk” youth sports can begin July 6 did not include interscholastic sports. Only community-based sports that have been identified as low risk — baseball,  softball, field hockey, gymnastics have been given the go-ahead to resume on July 6 in the Capital Region.

Q. Are district fields open for youth teams, open workouts for school athletic programs?

A. No.  Currently district athletic fields are closed for organized team practices, workouts and contests.  The high school track and tennis courts are open for community use.

Q. Where can I find the most up-to-date information on fall sports?

A. You can find updates as they become available on our district website, the district athletics Twitter page (@bcsdathletics) as well as on the NYSPHSAA website (www.nysphsaa.org).