General Athletic Information:
The New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department are two of the primary entities providing guidance to schools during the current pandemic. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is required to follow the same NYS issued guidance. NYSPHSAA only has the authority to amend NYSPHSAA rules or regulations.
NYSPHSAA Winter Sport Timeline
Winter sports scheduled start date currently remains as November 30, and all DOH guidelines for low, moderate and high-risk sports must be followed.
November 16th: If no new information is received on high risk sports, then delay the start of the Winter sport season until December 14th.
November 23rd: NYSPHSAA Executive Directors meeting
November 30th: If no new information is received on higher risk sports, then delay the start of the Winter sport season until January 4th. NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will convene if necessary, for a decision on the NYSPHSAA Winter Championships.
The NYSPHSAA Executive Director will …
· Discuss this timeline with the NYSCOSS
· Include the timeline in a proposal to the Governor’s office
· Work with Section Executive Directors and the NYSPHSAA leadership to formulate an action plan based upon information from state officials for high risk sports
· Establish start dates for each sport season. Each Section will retain the ability to establish later start dates and/or end dates, as long as the Section’s season dates fall within the limits of the Commissioner's Regulations.
Once we have start dates confirmed the physical dates and FamilyID registration timelines will also be posted here.
Current procedures for Fall Auburn Athletics, related to expectations for spectators, coaches and student-athletes, can be found in this document:
Return to Auburn Athletics
Other links for your reference:
Interim Guidance for In-person instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools (8/26)
Sports and Recreation Master Guidance (updated 8/15)
NYSPHSAA Return to InterScholastic Athletics (updated 9/11)
If the Fall 2020 season is interrupted or further impacted by COVID (ie: state official guidance, school closings) further guidance will be posted on this page.
At this time the higher risk fall sports (football, volleyball, fall competitive cheer) and girls swimming have been moved to the Fall 2 season. Information regarding all season start dates can be found on the “Sports Starts” tab to the left of this page.
Families are encouraged to update their student’s health examination with their primary physician prior to the start of the season in which they elect to participate. At this point school sponsored physical dates are not established.