Office of Athletics, Health and Physical Education

    Dennis P. Maloney, Coordinator of Physical Education,Health & Interscholastic Athletics                                                           Dr. John E. Stimmel, Superintendent of Schools

    Dear Student Athletes,

    Yesterday, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association released a statement delaying the start of the Fall 2020 athletic season following the recommendations of its COVID-19 Task Force.   We certainly are supportive of interscholastic athletic participation and the many benefits students receive.  We are hopeful schools will be able to reopen and sports will be part of the reopening process; we anxiously await guidance from the state. The new start date will be September 21st and there will be no regional or New York State Championships held this Fall. In the event that the start of school is postpone or interrupted, NYSPHSAA officials are prepared to implement a condensed season schedule commencing in January. Below is the condensed season outline for your review. I am hopeful that we will have additional information after Governor Cuomo and State Officials announce their plan the first week in August regarding the reopening of school. 

    The Condensed Season plan would entail the following, with the stipulated dates being tentative.

    Season I (Winter Sports)

    Dates: Jan. 4-Mar. 13 (Week 27-36) 10 Weeks *Note: tentative dates

    Sports: basketball (girls & boys), bowling (girls & boys), gymnastics, ice hockey (girls & boys), indoor track & field (girls & boys), skiing (girls & boys), swimming (boys), *wrestling, *competitive cheer.

    * Because of high risk nature of wrestling and competitive cheer, sports may have to be moved to Season II or season III.

    Season II (Fall Sports)

    Dates: Mar. 1-May 8 (Week 35-44) 10 Weeks *Note: tentative dates

    Sports: football, cross country (girls & boys), field hockey, soccer (girls & boys), swimming (girls), volleyball (girls & boys), Unified bowling.

    Note: Weather will have an impact upon outdoor sports in some parts of the state in March and potentially early April.  Girls Tennis moved to Season III.

    Season III (Spring Sports)

    Dates: Apr. 5-Jun. 12 (Week 40-49) 10 Weeks *Note: tentative dates

    Sports: baseball, softball, golf (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), tennis (girls & boys), outdoor track & field (girls & boys), Unified basketball.

    The NYSPHSAA Officers have the ability to adjust seasons with the authority granted within the NYSPHSAA Constitution which states: “Article IV, 2: A committee of officers in consultation with the staff shall have the authority to act on all matters not provided for in this constitution and bylaws, and on such emergency business as may arise between regular meetings of the Executive Committee.”

    As a reminder, the Department of Health also prohibits interscholastic athletics across the state effective July 13th. After the Governor’s announcement in August, I am hopeful that we will be able to conduct off season training leading up to the potential September 21st start date. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter that you need me to follow up on please email me at dmaloney@sayvilleschools.org or call my office at 631-244-6625. In closing, I am optimistic that at some point this year we will back on the field competing again. Be Safe



    Dennis P. Maloney, Coordinator of HPEA

Delay of Fall Athletic Season

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