(WTNH) — The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced Friday that high school football will not be played this fall.
The CIAC Board of Control, in alignment with the Department of Public Health recommendations, has determined that high-risk full-contact football is no longer a viable option for students this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The CIAC added that they will collaborate with athletic directors, coaches and medical experts to provide football players with other meaningful fall activities with low to moderate risks.
“We cannot ask our school districts, who have developed all of their back to school plans to be in alignment with DPH recommendations, to now go against that model when it comes to sports,” Glenn Lungarini, Executive Director, CIAC, told News 8.
However, the CIAC said it “will remain fluid in providing the safest experiences possible for student-athletes and will continue to consider any future changes in DPH recommendations for fall sport activities.”
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All other fall sports seem to be moving forward in agreement with the DPH.
“In alignment with DPH’s recommendation to consult its sports medicine committee, the CIAC and its medical experts believe that the modification of wearing masks mitigates the risk expressed by DPH and provides a safe indoor environment for the sport of volleyball. As such, with the modification of players wearing masks indoors, the CIAC has aligned volleyball with DPH’s previous support of full team practice and game schedules for soccer, field hockey, cross country, and swimming.”CIAC Press Release
Many coaches are players told News 8 they’re upset by the news.
“It was a roller coaster of you’re going to have a season, then you’re not going to have a season, then you’re definitely going to have a seas, and now we’re here,” said Berlin High School senior, John McGeever.
“I mean, these are kids I’ve been playing with since I was five,” added Nick Melville, another Berlin senior. “Just to miss out on our last season, which we worked so hard for, is just heartbreaking for all of us. I wish there was something we could do.”
“I’ll be sitting down with the seniors in a little while and see what they want to do, and I’ll push as hard as they want me to to come up with a plan they’re willing to do,” said Joe Aresimowicz, Varsity Football Coach at Berlin High School.
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