Friday, November 6, 2020 by Joshua Ross
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) issued their guidelines on amateur and youth organized winter sports this morning. Like the fall season, these guidelines outline what sports fall in low, moderate, and high risk categories and what each level is allowed to participate in. This is just the first step in the process. The MIAA COVID-19 Task Force will meet and present specific modifications for each high school sport to the MIAA Board of Directors. This process should take a couple of weeks. The high school winter season is slated to start November 30, 2020.
"This is good news for the prospect of playing all interscholastic activities this winter, with the exception of wrestling," says HHS Athletic Director and MIAA COVID-19 Task Force member Jim Quatromoni. "We are going to work with the wrestling team to have activities, such as intramural competitions this season, that fall within the guidelines."
While Quatromoni is optimistic for the winter season, he acknowledges that there are still details to work out and approvals from state and local health departments and governing bodies.
The only sports that will not be allowed to have competitions are wrestling, competitive cheer, and paired figure skating due to the sustained contact and indoor venue.
Full EEA report can be found here.