Nassau County Sports on Hold
By Joseph Garofalo
Volume 1 Issue 2
November 24, 2020
Original photo from VSN Spartans Instagram
On August 26th, 2020, many student-athletes were left unsettled after hearing the dreadful news that all Nassau County sports would be postponed till the beginning of 2021. As the season was originally postponed from the start date of August 26th to September 4th, many students were hopeful that with guidance given by Governor Andrew Cuomo, they would be able to return to some normalcy after the devastating cancellation of their Spring season due to the novel coronavirus. As Nassau was the first county to postpone sports in New York State, Suffolk and Westchester counties followed similar protocols to protect the well-being of athletes and coaches alike.
Per Nassau County’s Section 8 athletics guidelines, January 4th, 2021 is the official restart date for Sports on Long Island. This will be the beginning of the Winter Sports season which includes indoor Track and Field, Basketball, Wrestling, Competitive Cheerleading, Bowling, Fencing, Rifle and Gymnastics at Valley Stream North. The season to follow would be the belated Fall season beginning on March 1st, 2021. This includes include Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, and Sideline Cheer. The final season beginning on April 22nd, 2021 would be the delayed Spring season which includes Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track and Field, Badminton, and Boys Tennis. Due to this delay, the Spring sports season is expected to finish on June 14th, 2020, a week before New York State proctors their Regents Exams. Even so, coaches of all seasons encourage their student-athletes to continue training and staying in shape, as the seasons will be starting again soon.