Local officials scramble to determine whether and when to start high risk winter sports
On Friday, January 22nd Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that high risk sports, including ice hockey, wrestling and boys and girls basketball, can begin as early as February 1 in New York State, pending approval from local health departments. Where does that leave things for North Salem high school athletes? As of today, uncertain.
"It is very unclear at the moment when Section One will approve the start date for the approved high risk sports," said North Salem Superintendent Ken Freeston, adding that it's also unclear whether Section One will permit modified boys and girls basketball.
During his bi-weekly press conference today, Westchester county executive George Latimer said, "It is quite the decision, but we are happy to have responsibility in these areas. Reopening high school sports has a multiple number of issues involved. This morning, as a part of our weekly call with school superintendents, we have tasked them with compiling data on some key areas that represents how we could go about opening up high school sports both safely and properly – if that is the route we go.”
Latimer said that he and other County Executives in the Hudson Valley that comprise the Section One high school sports conference aim to make an announcement by the end of this week.
Freeston said that the high school does not anticipate opening registration for high risk sports until being given authorization by the Westchester County DOH and an official start date from Section One.