NYSPHSAA continues preparations for return of high school sports on Sept. 21

High School Sports

(WSYR-TV) — (UPDATE) – Executive Director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Dr. Robert Zayas held a zoom media call to discuss today’s NYSPHSAA meeting.

For nearly 50 minutes, he answered questions about the latest meeting and what it means for high school sports. The biggest question pertains to why can’t football and volleyball play this fall.

The NYSPHSAA used the National Federation of State High School Associations guidelines in determining which sports are low risk, moderate/medium risk and high risk. The New York State Department of Health has its own criteria to determine risk assessment for each sport, which is where it places the sports of football and volleyball.

“I think we have unique situations here in the state of New York and we have leadership that is looking at this situation from a situation of abundance of caution. I think we have to respect that and we have to realize that the guidance has been provided based upon their criteria,” said Dr. Zayas. “Right now we have about 208,000 student-athletes to participate in the fall season. The decision by Governor Cuomo last Monday is providing a 130,000 student-athletes with the chance to start their season with very little restrictions on September 21st. unfortunately volleyball and football are considered those high risk and they’re being limited to practice only but I think we have to be cognizant that giving the opportunity for them to practice and participate is a step in the right direction.”

Other topics that came up during the call

  • It is up to each section if it decides to move football or volleyball to the spring provided the state does not allow them to compete in the fall and only practice
  • Friday’s expected guidance is going to be “comprehensive” and cover the protocols for schools returning to activities on September 21
  • Low risks beginning competition can only play within their section and league(for example a Syracuse area school can play a team from Utica in its league and section)
  • NYSDH is limited two fans per participant at games
  • Per the New York State Education Department bonafide student regulation, hybrid or remote education models should not prevent athletes from participating

To watch the full interview, click below.


The NYSPHSAA met for the fifth time on Monday to prepare for the return of high school sports on Sept. 21.

The NYSPHSAA voted on Monday to delay the start of the winter sports season from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30. This is to give schools more time to complete the fall season.

They also voted to approve revising the number of required practices for fall sport athletes: 12 practices for football and 10 for all other sports.

They have also waived the seven consecutive day rule starting on Oct. 12 and restricting games for low and moderate risk sports to compete within their league or section until Oct. 19.

You can read the full press release below:


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