New York State Athletic Administrators Association asks Cuomo to begin all winter sports
January 15, 2021


On Thursday the New York State Athletic Administrators Association sent the following letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, outlining their desire and plan to begin all winter sports immediately.

As representatives of the over 780 Athletic Administrators in New York State, we implore you to reconsider the decision to forego “high-risk” sports for the Winter and potentially the remainder of the school year to permit play to begin immediately so these athletes can salvage a small season as some end their high school athletic careers. There are no state championships planned. Student-athletes are screened daily. Spectators are not permitted in most cases and if so will be severely limited in numbers. There is no glory other than allowing an athlete to compete against an opponent to ultimate personal victory for self, family, and school. We know that you can appreciate fighting the good fight.

As a professional association, we ask for this with the knowledge that those sports are not only safe to run, but will be overseen by Athletic Administrators that have worked tirelessly to develop protocols to deal with the COVID-19 virus should there be an isolated case. There are many documents authored by groups concerned directly with maintaining a safe environment for students, staff, and the surrounding communities and should be considered as a guide to the opening of a full sports program. We have followed the NFHS, CDC, and DOH guidelines to the letter to begin our limited seasons and now feel confident that after seeing how the rest of the country has celebrated successes, it is time for New York to lead again.