CHESHIRE - The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference released its latest update on how it is proceeding with the winter and spring sports seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nearing an entire year since it first shutdown in 2020, the conference is continuing to navigate how sports can be played.
The CIAC Board of Control decided on Thursday to allow indoor track to begin holding dual meets, and both competitive cheerleading and competitive dance to conduct virtual competitions beginning March 1.
Following the National Federation of High School Sports’ announcement that it was no longer categorizing sports by levels their level of risk to spread the virus, the CIAC asked the Department of Public Health to revisit the viability of competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, wrestling, indoor track jumping events and boys lacrosse.
Masks will be required for everyone during track meets, runners included. Jumpers are allowed to remove their masks “during the approach and jump before putting the mask back on after the jump is complete.”
For cheerleading and dance, masks must be worn during the entirety of competitions except for when student-athletes are performing stunts, lifts, tumbling and other acrobatics and they must put their mask back on as soon as they are finished. The CIAC said it will have its complete mitigating strategies for these sports ready to distribute to school for next week.
Wrestling teams are still only allowed to engage in conditioning and “non-contact skill building.”
The CIAC also announced it is nearly finished with its mitigating strategies for spring sports, which are allowed to begin practicing March 27. The regular season will run from April 10 until May 27 with “traditional” state tournaments being played June 1 until June 13.
The presence of fans at winter sporting events was also discussed by the board of control, which decided to remain firm that it does not recommend fans attend game, but it is ultimately up to the local school districts.
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