While many states around the nation canceled high school fall sports season — or pushed them back to the spring — officials here waited.
Today, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced its plan. There will still be a fall season for public school sports. But it won’t look completely the same.
First practice dates remain the same (August 17 for football, August 27 for cross country, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, girls swimming and girls volleyball). Howcwee, there’s a progression, beginning with conditioning in cohorts of small groups.
That conditioning will gradually increase. Start dates for the regular season have been pushed back; the number of games has decreased, and “tournament experiences (format TBD)” have replaced state tournament.
Schools will now compete on a “regional” basis (based on the 10 closest schools), rather than by league, to mitigate potential spread and maximize contact tracing capability.
Each school will determine spectator policies — in other words, whether to allow fans or not.
There is much more in the document. And of course, CIAC administrators say, the plan is “fluid and in a perpetual state of evaluation.”