Outdoor, High-Risk Sports Can Resume for Local Catholic High Schools – The Tablet Catholic Newspaper

The varsity football season for the city’s Catholic high schools will be four games long, beginning on the weekend of April 17 and ending the weekend of May 8. Above, athletes from Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge. (Photo: Currents News)

WINDSOR TERRACE — The New York City Department of Health (DOH) has given clearance for outdoor competitive play for high-risk sports to resume across the city in mid-April. This includes competitive team practices, games, scrimmages, meets, matches, and tournaments for football and contact lacrosse.

“It’s been a long, arduous road,” said Chris Hardardt, president of the New York Catholic High School Football League (a separate entity from the Catholic High School Sports Athletic Association), who breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news on March 25.

“It’s been unbelievable trying to fight for our kids and fight for our schools to have an opportunity to return to some sense of normalcy.”

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Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA Executive Director Dominick Vulpis told The Tablet that the city did not notify the CHSAA specifically and that he and other CHSAA members discovered the announcement on the city DOH’s website.