Fairport High School

High School sports are facing more delays and cancellations due to the increase in COVID-19 around New York State.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association

The start date for some winter high school sports in New York state has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For high school fall sports deemed "low-risk" by New York State, Monday was the first day of practice for some districts.


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March to address concerns associated with the novel coronavirus.

About 130,000 high school athletes got the green light Monday to participate in sports this fall; now their school districts are mulling whether to allow the seasons to start. All high school sports have been on hold since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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High school basketball, bowling and hockey state champions will not be crowned this year. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Monday its decision to cancel the remainder of the scholastic winter state championship games, as the result of the continuing COVID-19 health crisis.

Youth state hockey championships to be held in Western New York, which earlier this week were adjusted to close games to spectators, have now been called off entirely. High school regional boys basketball championships, meanwhile, are still scheduled to play in Buffalo this weekend but a spectator ban is now in place.

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One day after it was announced New York State youth hockey championships will be played in Western New York without spectators, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced it, too, will close its hockey championships in Buffalo to fans as a COVID-19 virus-related measure.

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While health officials continue to monitor reports of new cases of the coronavirus causing COVID-19 illness, amateur sports officials are sticking to their plans to host state tournaments this month, some of which begin this weekend in Western New York.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

With high schools throughout Western New York now into their fall sports schedules, some smaller districts which have historically struggled to recruit football players have turned to a different format, eight-man football, to keep their players in the game.