New York high schools may resume ‘high risk’ sports starting next week, if local health officials approve – The Center Square

(The Center Square) – Starting next week, high school sports in New York considered high risk may be able to start activities if approved by the local health department.

The decision, announced late Friday by state officials, caught some by surprise. An updated document from the state Department of Health indicated that not only can individuals take part in individual or group training activities, but they “further, may partake in other types of play, including competitions and tournaments” with the permission of their county’s health department.

For the immediate future, it means such sports as basketball, ice hockey, competitive cheerleading, volleyball and wrestling can start this coming Monday.

Fall season II sports, including football, cheer and volleyball, can start as early as March 1.

Those sports were considered high risk for COVID-19 exposure and spread due to the frequent use of shared equipment, such as balls. In addition, those sports require close contact among