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Tuesday March 24, 2020:
Student Athletes, Coaches, and Families of Durham and Middlefield,
As the Spring 2020 athletic season was originally scheduled to start this past Saturday, I looked back at this past weekend and reflect on where we hope to move towards and what needs to occur to accomplish that goal.
While our schools are closed, the CIAC is recommending that member schools strongly discourage student-athletes from engaging in any organized athletic activity. Social distancing is the best course of action that we can collectively take to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Our common athletic goal is to return to normal athletic practices, league games, and some remnants of a Spring sport season. This goal cannot be accomplished if we do not stand firm on the importance of everyone doing their part in social distancing. We need to remind our student athletes to not engage in organized outside team practices, workouts, or individualized instruction until the guidance on social distancing is relaxed.
Student Athletes - Please refrain from working out as a team or groups in order to stay prepared for the hopeful upcoming season. Please do not gather on school grounds or anywhere else as groups. This goes against the country’s leaders recommendations and can only contribute to the delay of schools reopening and the demise of the hope for a spring athletic season.
I know all of us want our student athletes to remain physically fit and conditioned as well as a healthy mind and body, however we must strongly urge our student athletes on best practices for the health and safety of all in our community.
I look forward to seeing all of you in the future once social guidelines are changed and schools and sports are back in session!
CHESHIRE, Conn. – Following an online meeting with nearly 70 school, athletic and governmental leaders CIAC reached a consensus that canceling the entirety of the spring sports season is premature at this time. There is a strong desire to provide student athletes some spring athletic experience if possible. Any plan for spring sports will need to adhere to the guidelines from the Governor’s office, Department of Education and health experts regarding the potential reopening of schools to establish a specific time frame.
“These are unprecedented challenges for our schools, and it is of the utmost importance that we provide answers and a structure to support our membership and maintain the possibility of a spring sports experience for our student-athletes,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “CIAC understands the value of providing students a spring sports experience, if possible. However, the health and safety of our communities must remain at the center of our decision making.”
The online meeting discussion emphasized that while student-athletes may want to begin preparations for a potential season that respecting the recommendations for social distancing and avoiding group activities prior to the approved time will aid in keeping athletes safe and allow for the season to begin in a timely manner if approved. The uncertainty of the timeline for school openings requires the understanding that any plans to begin spring sports will be fluid and should have the ability to reflect the different needs of different school communities.