High-risk winter sports will be permitted to be played in Montgomery County as of Feb. 1, County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort and Public Health Director Sara Boerenko announced.
The Greater Amsterdam Board of Education met on Feb. 1 and gave Boys and Girls Varsity and JV Basketball the go-ahead with specific safety protocols in place.
“Our district has a long and proud history of high school athletics so we wanted to give this option careful consideration,” said Superintendent Richard Ruberti. “But as with everything we’ve accomplished through this pandemic, the safety of everyone remains our top priority.”
Montgomery County superintendents had been meeting with county officials to discuss their options following Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Jan. 22 that high-risk winter sports would now be allowed at each county’s discretion.
Cuomo already had pushed back the start date for high-risk sports twice in response to climbing infection rates across the state when he opted to indefinitely suspend the start date on Dec. 11.
“Together with our superintendents, we have created a path forward for high-risk sports that balances safety but also allows student athletes to compete,” Ossenfort said.
In addition to Amsterdam High School athletes playing teams within Montgomery County, Ossenfort noted that upon the rolling 7-day average COVID positivity rate falling below 4 percent or less, Montgomery County teams will be able to play games with other county schools that have approved play. Currently, districts are awaiting guidance from Section 2 regarding Wrestling protocols and more information will be forthcoming upon receipt.