New York cancels state high school playoffs for spring sports

Girls lacrosse Class A finals : Baldwinsville Bees vs Northport Tigers  at SUNY Cortland

The Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team during introductions for its state Class A title game against Northport at SUNY-Cortland last June. Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. — There will be no state tournaments for New York high school teams this spring.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association on Monday announced it was canceling all playoffs at that level because the coronavirus has already suspended too much potential regular season play.

The decision impacts boys and girls track & field, boys tennis, softball, baseball, golf and both boys and girls lacrosse state championships scheduled to be held between June 4–13.

“Unfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible (time factor, facility and venue availability, etc.),” Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA’s president said in a statement. “Canceling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancelation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing.”

The fate of New York’s regular seasons could be determined within the next few days. NYSPHAA executive director Robert Zayas has said there will be no athletic activities unless Gov. Andrew Cuomo re-opens schools, and Cuomo has said that will be difficult to do this year.

The NYSPHSAA will continue to rely upon information from the New York State Department of Health, local health departments as well as the governor’s office for information and guidance on COVID-19 and its impact upon the spring regular season.

As of today, the spring regular season remains on hold for nine of the 11 sections; Section VIII and XI (Long Island) officially canceled all spring events on April 21.

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