State Health Dept. gives go ahead for “High Risk” sports to proceed pending local OK

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 January 2021 at 3:40 pm

High risk sports including basketball, wrestling, football, volleyball, lacrosse and competitive cheerleading got the go ahead to proceed as of February 1 according to new guidance released  this afternoon by the New York State Department of Health.

The new guidance permits practice and competition in games, meets, matches, scrimmages and tournaments pending approval by the local county health department.

The release states that “effective February 1 participants in higher risk sports and recreation activities may partake in individual or distanced group training and organized no/low contact group training and, further, may partake in other types of play, including competitions and tournaments, only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e. county health departments).”

“It’s certainly a step in the right direction,” said Medina High Athletic Director Eric Valley.