The Athletic Council of Section VI has accepted the results of the formal postcard ballot that went out to its membership, and will move forward with fall sports. Over 70 districts submitted votes through the ballot process with 67 pledging their support for a Sept. 21 start date.
“The postcard ballot is a part of our constitution and provides us with an avenue to do business”, Section VI President Brett Banker said. “The procedure allows for consistent messaging and decision- making from across our section and the results speak for themselves.”
Per the “Return to Interscholastic Athletics” document circulated by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) on Sept. 4 and revised on Sept. 11, local schools are now allowed to move forward in cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, soccer, girls swimming and girls tennis. Competitive cheerleading, football and volleyball had already been shifted to March 1.
“It remains the right of each district and league to engage in their own decision-making process and commit to all of the allowable sports, some selected sports or even none,” Banker continued. “Each district will make the appropriate decision for their communities. We respect the position each district must take. Now it’s incumbent on all of us – athletic directors, coaches, athletes and families – to do all we can to follow protocols and attempt to limit exposure.”
The section continues to work with its coaching chairs to discuss the issues associated with postseason play for the allowable fall sports.