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CIAC Looking At Four Different Plans For Fall Sports

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference presented state athletic directors last week with four different plans for a fall season, including a popular one that calls for all of the traditional sports getting played on an abbreviated schedule.

The process, first reported today by the New London Day, was verified by two sources with knowledge of the planning. The CIAC is expected to reveal its final plan by Monday. The situation is fluid and can change at any time. The state’s governing board for high school athletics is still monitoring a number of factors.

Trumbull athletic director Mike King said an abridged season was one of the plans presented last week.

According to The Day, there is a plan for five to six football games and about 10 games in other sports, with schedules set on a regional basis. The season would start in late September.

There is no word on how schedules would be set. It is assumed non-league games would not be played.

King praised the way the CIAC has dealt with the unique circumstances. Since last winter when the end of the sports season was canceled, it has prioritized safe conditions and then tried to provide athletes with the best experiences possible as part of its planning.

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“They have been great hearing our ideas and thoughts,” King said. “It’s the life of COVID. There is nothing certain. We are just waiting to hear what will happen.”

Preseason conditioning has already started for FCIAC schools, and King said his job is much different than it was last summer. Each athlete is checked in and has their temperature taken. King was watching his teams as he spoke, occasionally shouting out reminders of protocols.

“You have to adhere to the guidelines and make sure they are distanced as possible,” King said. “There are no high-fives, they have to stay hydrated but bring their own water. It is hard because they have been used to being together for 15 to 17 years. It’s a new world and you have to live with it.”

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