By Michael Lewis Editor

Following the lead of Long Island high schools, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Friday that its 11 member sections have cancelled all remaining spring sports.

The organization was reacting to Gov. Cuomo’s announcement Friday that New York schools will be close to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuomo made the announcement on his daily press briefing late in the morning.

On April 21, Section VIII (Nassau County) and Section XI (Suffolk County) cancelled their spring seasons.

According to the NYSPHSAA, 43 other state high school associations have cancelled their sports seasons.

The association said it that NYSPHSAA president Paul Harrica will begin selecting members to serve on an ad hoc committee to analyze and address the potential impact of COVID-19 on the fall season.

According to a press release, that committee will include school and district superintendents, principals, athletic directors, section executive Directors and NYSPHSAA’s executive director as well as potential representation from the New York STate Education Department, the state School Boards Association and the state Department of Health.

The committee will make recommendations to NYSPHSAA’s 11 member Sections to assist with planning and coordination of high school athletic programs.

“I would like to commend the work of the 11 NYSPHSAA section executive directors who have worked tirelessly to benefit the students in their sections,” NYSPHSAA executive director Dr. Roberto Zayas said in a statement. “Many throughout our state were hopeful students would have the chance to participate in high school athletics this spring and return to some sense of normalcy. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on many aspects of our lives and high school athletics is one of them. At this time, we must focus our attention on the health and safety of all New Yorkers. Please stay safe and stay positive during this difficult time.”