Gov. Cuomo gives OK for New York to start some HS sports, but football games on hold –

Syracuse, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday gave the green light for the start of lower-risk fall high school sports to begin, but football will be limited to practice-only.

Cuomo said sports such as tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey and swimming can begin practicing and then playing in all regions of the state. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has set the start of fall sports as Sept. 21.

Cuomo said those sports are prohibited from practicing or playing outside their regions until at least Oct. 19 because of coronavirus concerns.

As a higher risk sport, Cuomo said football can practice but not yet play. Winter sports wrestling and ice hockey also fall into this category.

“We’re doing this in phases. We want to see what the effect is. We want to see how it works,” Cuomo said.

The NYSPHAA will now take the guidelines set up by Cuomo and formulate specific plans for a fall schedule. NYSPHAA executive director Robert Zayas tweeted that his coronavirus task force will meet Tuesday to further address the issue.

According to the National Federation of High Schools, 17 states have canceled fall football.

They are:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Lindsay Kramer is a reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Got a comment or idea for a story? He can be reached via email at

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