Winter Sports Season Postponed Until January 19
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Board of Control, on November 17, postponed all winter sports until January 19, 2021. The CIAC Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Governor Lamont’s office, and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports in the weeks leading up to the January 19 start of winter practices.
“CIAC Interscholastic athletics are an education-based experience that maintains in-person learning and the health and safety of our school communities as our top priority. Today’s action supports our member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID numbers within their communities and experience widespread movements to distance learning,” according to an announcement from the CIAC.
The CIAC had plans to start the winter sports season a couple of weeks earlier than usual, with practices beginning in late November and games commencing in early December, with consideration for an alternative season between the winter and spring campaigns, which would allow for sports such as traditional 11 on 11 football to be played. It is unknown if the alternative season will be played; that information was not provided in the release. It also remains to be seen what impact the late start will have on the regular or postseason, as well as spring sports.
The Newtown Bee will continue to follow the CIAC’s decision making and share details and updates.