SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – UPDATE – Executive Director of Section III athletics John Rathbun released an official statement on the delay of spring sports in a tweet.
“Section III Athletics in conjunction with its member leagues – Salt City Athletic Conference, Onondaga High School League, Center State Conference, Frontier League, Tri-Valley League and Central Counties League – announce that effencitve Monday 3/16/20 all interscholastic athletic events will be suspended based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat. The official start date for all Spring Sports will be April 14, 2020″
In the tweeted statement, Rathbun adds that contests will resume once practice requirements are met. How the postseason will be handled will be determined a later date, but Section III is committed to an open sectional tournament.
This comes after the news that Onondaga County is now in a state of emergency and the closing of public schools.
High school athletics will be postponed until April 14th. That means no practices, no banquets, fundraisers or any team related activities for the time being.