Hopes fading for fall high school sports in CT
High school football players normally would have been under the lights Friday, opening their seasons in front of large crowds, but the prospect for a fall season grew even dimmer Friday after another high-profile meeting in Hartford.
The state's governing body for high school athletics sat down with health and government officials Friday to offer new and modified football strategies to guard against COVID-19.
New Canaan Athletic Director Jay Egan says while health officials and Gov. Ned Lamont are pushing for the sport to move to the spring, that could make for a logistical nightmare.
"It's probably the worst weather of the year. And to think we are going to put our athletes out at that time of the year and say football season, never mind we have lacrosse and baseball and track athletes that are looking forward to the spring season, which they didn't have last year," Egan said.
News 12 asked Egan if there's a chance the CIAC allows teams to play in spite of the state's recommendation to hold off, he said, "That would put a tremendous amount of pressure on school superintendents."
Egan says if it were to happen, each school district would probably face major liability issues.
During the three-hour meeting, sources say the CIAC also pitched ideas like having all players wear gloves and adding more social distancing measures on the sidelines.