Section 1 announced it will delay sports until Sept. 29

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Citing the need to focus on reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, Section 1 athletics announced Thursday it would delay the start of the fall sports season until Sept. 29.

No workouts or practices will be permitted at any Section 1 school prior to that date and a district can choose to delay its season beyond that based on its individual needs.

“As always, the Section has made the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, and communities its top priority,” executive director Todd Santabarbara said in a statement released after Section 1’s Executive Committee met Thursday morning. “Today’s decisions by the Executive Committee represents a balance between supporting schools as they reopen amid this complex and unprecedented time, while also providing for the safe return for our student-athletes to interscholastic competition.”

Harrison quarterback Troy Straus tries to avoid a Rye tackler during a game at Harrison High School on Oct. 12, 2019.

The start of the fall season had originally been scheduled to begin with preseason practice on Aug. 24, but it was delayed four weeks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that sports deemed low-risk and moderate-risk by the state Department of Health could begin practice Sept. 21 and would be allowed to compete in interscholastic events this fall. Most of those sports — cross-country, field hockey, soccer and girls tennis — will now be allowed to start Sept. 29 in Section 1.

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