New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has given some youth sports the green light to resume sports on July 6th for regions that are already in Phase Three.
The regions that will enter into Phase Three on Tuesday are Finger Lakes, North Country, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier.
The sports that can resume play are baseball, softball, crew, field hockey, cross country, and gymnastics.
One of the rules that will be in place for prospective attendees is that only two spectators per player can spectate.
At this juncture there are far more questions than there are answers, and we are doing our utmost to obtain those answers.
How does an organization police and enforce two spectators per player? Does an organization have to submit statistics to NYS documenting compliance? Who is responsible within that organization to track numbers?
Is the target date of July 6th a steadfast or fluid date, meaning can it change at any moment? Is July 6th the date to resume practices, or can games resume on July 6th, and at what point can teams gather to practice if the date of July 6th is when games resume? Does holding practices fall under the auspices of the rule allowing gatherings up to 25 people, and how are we defining “gatherings”.
How does field hockey obtain the designation of being “low risk” when sports like lacrosse does not? Who made the determinations as to which sports are low risk? What formula was used in making said determinations?
At this point nothing has been said as relates to scholastic sports. Adult rec leagues will also be able to begin on July 6th.
We will continue to update you as we obtain answers or information.