The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conferenceâ€™s proposed plan for the winter season has quickly been changed, and instead, there will be no winter sports until at least Jan. 19.
The CIAC had sent an email to athletic directors on Monday with a proposal to begin practices for basketball, ice hockey and swimming on Dec. 5, and postpone other sports until 2021, but on Tuesday morning, following its scheduled Board of Control meeting, the CIAC came to a new decision in light of rising covid-19 cases throughout the state.
â€śThe CIAC Board of Control acted this morning to postpone all winter sports to January 19, 2021,â€ť Tuesdayâ€™s press release read. â€śThe CIAC Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the DPH, Governor Lamontâ€™s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19th start of winter practices.â€ť
The fall season ended in recent days, though it was a rocky finish that consisted of some leagues, like the NVL, canceling its postseason experience due to covid concerns, and multiple CCC schools were forced to sit out of the playoffs due to quarantine regulations. The CIACâ€™s initial plans to move forward with the winter season included holding as many virtual swim meets as possible, as well as wearing masks during play in basketball and ice hockey.
â€śCIAC Interscholastic athletics are an education-based experience that maintains in-person learning and the health and safety of our school communities as our top priority,â€ť Tuesdayâ€™s statement read. â€śTodayâ€™s action supports our member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID numbers within their communities and experience widespread movements to distance learning.â€ť
A virtual press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday.