A week after most of New York’s public schools learned their football seasons were postponed until March, the Catholic High School Football League announced it will join them.
The CHSFL said Wednesday it has postponed the season until next March and April. The league said specific dates and schedules would be announced at a later date.
“The CHSFL worked very hard looking at every possible way to keep football season in the fall,” Stepinac coach Mike O’Donnell said. “With New York state guidelines, it was in our best interest for us to move the season to the spring.”
However, the CHSFL also said the state Catholic High School Athletic Association had approved a 7-on-7 flag football league for the fall. Practices will be allowed to begin Sept. 21 and games on Oct. 10.
While football was categorized as a high-risk sport by the state Department of Health, flag football is considered a moderate-risk sport due to reduced contact.
Coaches have been told the schedules for the fall league will be released in the next week.
“We will be looking to also get them involved in combines and other events to get them ready for the season,” O’Donnell added. “We have remained positive to give our athletes a season safely.”
The CHSFL consists of Catholic high schools in Westchester County, New York City and Long Island. Stepinac, Iona Prep and Kennedy Catholic are the only three Westchester schools that compete in the league.
The announcement followed by a week the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s decision to push football to the late winter and early spring. It came as part of an announcement on Sept. 9.
The organization postponed all high-risk fall sports — football, volleyball and competitive cheerleading — until March 1 and reiterated that all state championship competitions for those sports were canceled.
The NYSPHSAA said each individual section will determine an end date for those seasons. The start date for spring sports will be delayed until April 19.
Josh Thomson is the Local Sports Editor for The Journal News and Poughkeepsie Journal. He can be reached by email at email@example.com, on Twitter at @lohudinsider, and on Instagram at @lohudinsider.
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