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CIAC Winter Sport Update 2020-2021

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Updated:  Monday February 18, 2021:
Good Morning Parents and Families of Coginchaug,
I wanted to share with all of you an update from CIAC with regarding to both winter and spring sports.  There are some positive updates with respect to Competitive Cheerleading and Indoor Track and Field.  In addition, spring sports has officially set their starting date as Saturday, March 27th.   
CHESHIRE, Conn –  Following recently revised guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the CIAC met with representatives from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Governor Lamont’s office to discuss how those revisions may impact interscholastic athletics. Following that meeting, the CIAC formally requested consideration from the Connecticut DPH to revisit the winter sports of competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, wrestling, indoor track jumping events, and the spring sport of boys lacrosse.
In alignment with DPH’s detailed response and guidance, the CIAC Board of Control acted to permit virtual competition for competitive cheerleading and competitive dance beginning on March 1. Mask wearing will be required with the exception of brief removal of the masks by individuals engaged in stunts, lifts, tumbling and other acrobatics. Masks must immediately be put back on after those specific activities are completed. Complete COVID protocols and mitigating strategies for cheer and dance must be followed and will be redistributed to member schools next week.
In alignment with DPH’s recommendation, the CIAC Board of Control will continue with only conditioning and non-contact skill building in the sport of wrestling.
The board set March 1 as the date schools may begin indoor track dual meets. Those competing in running events must wear masks. In alignment with DPH, those competing in jumping activities will be allowed to remove their mask during the approach and jump before putting the mask back on after the jump is complete.  All other previously approved COVID protocols and mitigating strategies for indoor track must be followed.
The CIAC is in the process of developing COVID mitigating plans for all spring sports, which will begin on March 27, with the first contest date on April 10. The final date for regular season games to count toward the state tournament will be May 27. The CIAC plans on holding traditional spring sports tournaments from June 1 through June 13.
The CIAC Board of Control discussed fans/spectator attendance at winter sport events and reaffirmed its current position. CIAC’s current position recommends that fans/spectators not be allowed, however, due to the complexity of venues around the state, leaves the discretion of allowing fans/spectators to each local district. If a district chooses to allow fans, all DECD sector rules for fan/spectator attendance at sporting events should be followed.
January 18
Student Athletes, Coaches, and Families of Durham and Middlefield,
As you may already know, the State of Connecticut has officially announced the beginning of winter sdports to resume in the state of Connecticut, no earlier than Tuesday January 19, 2021.   
While some of you may be disappointed by the decision to not include high risk sports and the Alternative season, the circumstances affecting our community have made it impossible to resume athletics at that time. Please see the full message from Glenn Lungarini of the CIAC below.
At this morning’s meeting (January 14, 2021) of the CIAC Board of Control, members reviewed and approved the CIAC Winter Sports Plan. The complete plan can be viewed at
The first practice date for winter sports has been set for no sooner than Tuesday, January 19. Games may begin on or after Monday, February 8. Twelve regular season games will be permitted in girls and boys basketball, boys ice hockey, girls gymnastics and boys swimming.  A postseason experience in all sports will be allowed from March 15-28. Those experiences will be championships at the league level. In order to maximize the number of game opportunities for all schools, no CIAC state championship tournaments will be held in the winter sports season.
Boys and girls indoor track teams will be limited to practice with indoor/outdoor meets considered no earlier than March.
The winter sports of wrestling, competitive dance and competitive cheer are classified by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as high-risk activities, and thus will be limited to small group conditioning and non-contact skill building. The low-risk sports of sideline cheer (no stunting, lifts, or tumbling) and exhibition dance (no lifts, stunting, or tumbling) may continue, provided participants wear masks and formations maintain six feet of distance between athletes.
We will begin our winter sport athletic program in a phased fashion to ensure the plans and safety measures we have put into place are effective in provideing a safe and enjoyable environment for your children to participate in at CRHS.  Beginning on Monday, basketball will begin on Tuesday January 19th, along with our three cooperative team programs that we are not host schools for. (Swimming and Diving, Girls Ice Hockey, and Gymnastics)  Please refer their host school sites for more information.
When arriving for the beginning of practice, please note the following new procedures.  
  • Social Distancing will be monitored during all practice sessions and must be complied with whenever possible. 
  • Student Athletes must wear a mask walking into the school for practice and will be worn at all times until they leave the building.  There will be designated mask breaks throughout practice sessions.
  • Locker Rooms will NOT be used on any regualr basis, and will be opened as a changing facility only for first practice sessions after school.  They will be closed otherwise.  If you are a later practice OR a REMOTE student, please come to practice dressed and ready.  
  • Please complete this new required COVID waiver that the State Department of Public Health is recommending yesterday as part of reintroducing athletics in Connecticut schools.
  • Student Athletes will also be asked to bring a personal bag will the following items in it at all times:
    • Personal water bottle, with name clearly labeled on it.  The building does NOT have access to water.
    • Extra mask(s).  
    • Personal towel
    • Bottle of hand sanitizer
    • Smartphone for Daily COVID check in.
Beginning Tuesday January 19, 2021
  • Girls Basketball (All grades): 2:30pm - 5:00pm (CRHS Main Gym)
  • Boys Basketball (Grades 10-12): 5:00pm - 8:00pm (CRHS Main Gym)
  • Boys Basketball (Grade 9):  5:00pm - 7:00pm (Strong School Gym)
Beginning Monday January 25, 2021
  • Cheerleading - Sideline:  CRHS Auditorium - Time TBD
Beginning the Week of January 25, 2021
  • Boys Indoor Track - TBD
  • Girls Indoor Track - TBD

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. 
Todd Petronio
Athletic Director
Coginchaug Regional High School