December 5, 2021

Section III track & field postponed

Sectionals called off for winter season

Photo provided by New York State Public High School Athletic Association

SYRACUSE — Section III of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association made several announcements Thursday regarding winter, fall II and spring sports for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Most notably, the indoor track and field season has been postponed, the winter season will not begin until Dec. 14 and no winter or fall II sectional tournaments will be held.

Winter sports are projected to start Dec. 14 and run through Feb. 28. However, most sports held during the winter are defined as “high risk” by the New York State Department of Health, including basketball, hockey, volleyball, wrestling and cheerleading, and will require further guidance from the NYSPHSAA and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office before they can return to play.

The fall II season, which includes football and other fall sports that many schools elected to postpone, is scheduled to run from March 1 to April 30, 2021, with no sectionals held. Football, volleyball and cheerleading are considered high risk fall sports.

The spring sports season is expected to run from April 19 to June 30, 2021. Only boys’ lacrosse is considered a high risk spring sport.

Sectionals were canceled due to current State Department of Health restrictions on indoor gatherings and lack of available facilities.

Modified sports season dates will be scheduled by individual leagues.

All dates are subject to change based on further guidance from Cuomo’s office and the State Department of Health.

“Our member schools anticipate clearance and clarification on how to safely conduct indoor athletic competitions during the coronavirus pandemic,” Section III executive director John Rathburn said in a statement.