High School Sports

CIAC Releases Guidelines For Return To Sports

The CIAC, in conjunction with the Connecticut State Medical Society Sports Medicine Committee, this morning released guidelines for the resocialization of interscholastic athletics and activities programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines will be in accordance with the results of the state’s re-opening plans. School districts, in conjunction with their local public health departments, will make the decision when in-person participation can return.

The CIAC board of control met yesterday to approve the guidelines and has a meeting scheduled for June 29.

Glenn Lungarini, the CIAC’s executive director, said this morning that all options remain on the table, from playing sports in their designated seasons to moving them around if it is determined it is safer to play lower contact sports in the fall.

Lungarini said the ultimate goal is to assure that all sports get played at some point during the school year.

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Lungarini also did not rule out the possibility that if some schools remain closed at the beginning of the school year, their teams may still be able to compete.

Assuming there are no setbacks, football practices are due to begin Aug. 17 and all other sports 10 days later, with seasons beginning on Sept. 10. It is possible seasons could be shortened and schedules could be limited to regional play for safety concerns.

Here are the guidelines the CIAC released today.