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Local high school coaches and athletic directors react to the CIAC's plan to start up high school sports this fall.
Face masks, limited fan attendance, limited locker room usage and potential rule changes in sports – like volleyball teams not switching sides or cross country runners not starting a race en masse – are among the many changes high school athletes in Connecticut will see this fall, according to a plan devised by the CIAC and released Friday.
After the CIAC announced that its Board of Control had agreed on a plan to play fall sports but would not release details until Friday, pending school superintendents' approval, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior advisor on Gov. Ned Lamont's reopening committee, said that contact sports should not be played.
The New England Prep School Athletic Council will still allow member schools to schedule regular season events.
What will fall high school sports look like in Connecticut? It's hard to tell right now but the CIAC is planning for a fall sports season with protocols in place. While medical professionals understand the need for high school sports, one epidemiologist thinks protocols aren't enough and that sports should be played intramurally to help curb the potential spread of coronavirus.
The CIAC will likely delay the start to the fall sports season, as other nearby states have done, CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini said Friday, with more details on how the fall high school sports season will look to be announced by Aug. 3.
Mascots and nicknames and branding are a small yet necessary step in the country's ongoing healing process, and here in Connecticut that tide had already begun to turn in recent years, with several local high schools opting to discontinue the use of Native American nicknames and remove associated imagery from the uniforms of their athletic teams.
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