PSAL sports season delayed indefinitely, New York says


Student-athletes will not be on the field this fall, with the city’s education department announcing on Thursday that the Public School Sports League (PSAL) season has been delayed indefinitely.

What would you like to know

  • The start of the PSAL season is delayed until further notice
  • The move comes as state health department guidelines do not allow interschool sports due to the pandemic
  • When sports return, many will require modifications to be played safely.

The delay applies to all PSAL sports, from cross country track to wrestling, and comes as New York City considers how to keep students and staff safe when schools partially reopen next month .State health guidelines still do not allow interschool sports, and the National League for Out-of-School Schools has previously delayed its start by about a month.

When interschool sports return to school, it will require modification. The city has divided the sport into three levels of risk. Some, like bowling or golf, can be resumed with little change, like social distancing and cleaning equipment between uses.

But sports in close contact with few barriers between players – such as football or wrestling – would require much larger changes.

The education department says it will try to find ways to fill the void that PSAL sports will leave in many schools.“Interschool sports have a tremendous impact on school culture and the promotion of physical and mental health, and the DOE works with our physical education instructors, social workers and guidance counselors to meet these needs in a safe manner until ‘so that PSAL can resume, “said spokesman Nathaniel Styer.


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