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Low-risk Section VI sports can return Monday; some districts will not return to play

Soccer is on the list of Section VI sports allowed to return Sept. 21
Posted at 3:51 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 09:07:01-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some Western New York high school athletes can breathe a sigh of relief, as low-risk Section VI sports can return to play on Monday.

The following sports received the green light from New York state to return to begin practice and games Monday

  • Cross Country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Girls Swimming
  • Girls Tennis

Of the over 70 districts that submitted votes, the majority, 67 said they will return to play on Monday.

“Just the opportunity to play. As we know the Bills can get us through a cold winter, high school sports really help you become part of the community,” said Rich Kozak, Head Coach of the Frontier High School Boys Soccer Team.

Here's what's different this season:

  • There will be pre-screening and pre-sign ins
  • Spectators and players are going to be social distanced on the sidelines
  • Players have to walk on the field with masks on and are encouraged to wear them when playing
  • Players are encouraged to bring their own gear and keep it separate from others
  • There will also be no high-fiving or shaking hands

Practices officially began today. However some districts like Buffalo Public Schools, and the Sweet Home Central School District have decided they will not return to play, as the decisions are up to the individual districts.
Students in the Sweet Home Central School District are not happy with their district's decision.

There's a change.org petition asking the community to, "save sports at Sweet Home High School."

The Sweet Home School Board is holding a special meeting Monday night to discuss the district's participation in fall sports.