If you have not seen it, 11 student-athletes from across Connecticut came together for a video (while safely apart) to share the important message: stay home, stay safe. You can see it, and other great videos at the CAS-CIAC YouTube channel.
Welcome to Coginchaug Athletics - CIAC Spring Sport Update Page!
Updated: Tuesday May 5, 2020:
Student Athletes, Coaches, and Families of Durham and Middlefield,
As you may already know, the State of Connecticut has officially announced the cancellation of the remainder of the academic year. While this news may have been foreseeable, I’m sure many of you had hoped for something different. With the Governor’s announcement to cancel school for the remainder of the academic year, so ends the hope to resume any sort of Spring athletic season.
While many of you may be disappointed by the decision, the circumstances affecting our community have made it impossible to resume athletics at this time. Please see the full message from Glenn Lungarini of the CIAC below.
The CIAC’s consideration for any spring sport experience has always been contingent on the re-opening of schools for in-person instruction. This morning, Governor Lamont ordered the cancellation of in-school classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Therefore, there will not be a 2020 CIAC spring sports season. The CIAC empathizes with our school communities and the experiences lost due to COVID-19. Our focus is now on completing guidelines for summer contact and resocialization of CIAC sports in the fall.
With that being said, I’d like to take this time to express my shared disappointment to the high school and middle school athletes of Regional School District 13. I know all of you looked forward to the Spring of 2020 filled with anticipation for your upcoming or final sports season at your respective school. To the seniors, while you will not have the opportunity to return to the athletic fields of Coginchaug, please know that you have made an incredibly positive impact on CRHS and your legacy will endure.
I hope all of you and your families are doing well and staying safe during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Coginchaug Regional High School
April 3, 2020
Good morning everyone. I hope your children have begun to adjust to their new norms of distance learning at Coginchaug as Week 1 comes to a close. The CIAC met yesterday regarding the status of Spring sports in Connecticut. CIAC has decided to suspend spring sports indefinitely at this time. Here is a summary of their statement below.
CIAC Update: April 3, 2020
At its April 2, 2020 meeting, the CIAC Board of Control maintained its position that spring sports are indefinitely suspended. The CIAC has intentionally not issued the constraint of deadline date to make any decision. Given the number of unknowns, we feel it is our responsibility to become as informed as possible before making any decision. Through our discussion with students, they have expressed their desire for CIAC and education decision makers to hold off as long as possible before cancelling all spring sport experiences or graduation. CIAC leadership has learned from our students, especially our seniors, the need for closure that traditions such as senior night and graduation provide. It is with that understanding that the CIAC will explore every possibility for providing student-athletes a spring sports experience, if it is safe.
During this unprecedented time, the best interest of our kids remains at the center of our decision-making, which is informed by collaboration with the State Department of Education, governmental leaders, athletic leagues, member principals, superintendents, athletic directors, coaches, and students. We will make every effort to provide student-athletes experiences that bring closure to their high school sports careers, if it is safe. This will include consideration of activities beyond graduation and into July. All CIAC rules and regulations will be considered for a one-time exception, given the extreme impact of this pandemic, so we can do the best we can for our kids, if it is safe.
We at CIAC understand that the future holds many unanswered questions. Please take comfort in knowing that we are here to support you and will continue to lead in a positive and responsible manner. The next regularly scheduled CIAC Board of Control meeting is set for May 7, 2020. At that meeting, we expect to have more information regarding school closures and will provide an additional update, with more specific details, about spring sports. Together, we will persevere. Stay safe. Stay home. When the time is right, Connecticut will play again!
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.