“The (West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission), (Tuesday), sent out a proposed winter and spring sports calendar to our schools based upon the governor’s orders,” Dellinger said.,The WVSSAC is allowing spring sports to begin practice on March 15, a week earlier than the tentative date in Berkeley County.,The initial schedule sent out by the WVSSAC, after working with the West Virginia Department of Education and the governor’s office, indicated that winter sports practices could begin Feb. 15, and the first contests for girls basketball, wrestling and swimming would be March 3, with boys basketball starting at the end of that week.,The source said winter sports practice in Berkeley County would not be allowed to start until March 1, which would limit the number of contests that can take place and put the sports teams in the county behind teams throughout West Virginia.,Berkeley County has been red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources map for the vast majority of late fall into winter, the district going red on the now-defunct WVDE Saturday map for the first time on Nov. 21.

COLUMBUS – How to conduct winter sports state tournament amid the pandemic took center stage during the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors meeting Thursday morning.,- The Board was updated by the OHSAA staff regarding the upcoming winter sports tournaments, with adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.,o SWIMMING AND DIVING The state tournament will remain at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 24 to 27, but the format will be adjusted to remove preliminary sessions in swimming and complete each division in one day (timed finals) and allow a minimal number of people on the pool deck.,o GYMNASTICS The state tournament will remain at Hilliard Bradley High School March 5-6, but the format and some traditional aspects of the state tournament will be adjusted, along with reduced number of spectators.,o FOOTBALL - The board approved the 2021 football regulations, which include adjustments due to the 2021 regular-season beginning a week earlier so that the playoffs can be expanded (as announced in May 2020: Of note, schools may fulfill two of the required five acclimatization days in July in advance of official practice beginning on Sunday, Aug. 1.

Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced Thursday that school winter sports may begin on Jan. 19.,In a plan released on Thursday, which was created with the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) guidelines, the CIAC said low, moderate, and high-risk winter sports will be able to practice starting Jan. 19, unless determined otherwise.,For high risk sports, officials do not recommend any activities beyond small group conditioning and non-contact skill building for the whole season.,While the CIAC gave the go-ahead to the winter sports season, they decided not to go forward with spring football.,AJ Robinson on the Branford High School wrestling team said, “Wrestling, it’s a sport that will teach you life lessons.

Roughly 277,000 Connecticut residents who are 75 years and older were allowed Thursday to begin making appointments online or via telephone for their COVID-19 vaccinations, with plans in the works to eventually phase in people 65 and older and anyone 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them of greater risk of contracting the disease.,With reports of high call volume and busy website traffic on the first day of appointments on the state's platform, officials repeatedly urged people to remain patient, especially in the coming weeks and months as the newly expanded Phase 1B — the second phase of Connecticut's vaccination program — rolls out in different stages.,So far, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1A, which began Dec. 14 and includes mostly healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.,In other coronavirus-related news:

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The Sports Medicine Committee of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) has advised the CIAC to push back the proposed start of competition for the winter sports season to continue to view COVID metrics and data further.,The CIAC noted in its proposed winter sports plan, released on Monday to state athletic directors and adjusted after receiving further guidance from the state Department of Health that preseason practice for sports categorized as low or moderate risk could still begin Jan. 19 with games to begin as early as Feb. 1.,Stephanie Arlis-Mayor is the chairperson of the Sports Medicine Committee of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) committee and head team physician for Yale University athletics.,Since coaches have had the opportunity to have conditioning with up to four athletes at a time, Arlis-Mayor said the committee supports sports specific in-person practice to begin next Tuesday.,As far as recommendations on basketball and hockey players wearing masks, “We looked at the evidence transmission of COVID in sport and what we determined was there is not enough research and evidence to either support or refute the use of masks and therefore, will follow the guidelines of DPH and the American Academy of Pediatrics,” Arlis-Mayor said.

District 3 board member Mike Jones, an investigator with the Virginia State Police, said he assumes a certain level of risk with his job each day.,“Last week, when we walked out of this meeting, I felt like I’d been hit with a two-by-four.”,He said in the past week, he’s had multiple conversations with teachers and parents, adding, “We need to appreciate and understand the balanced hand of leadership.”,District 2 representative and board chair Sherrie Page said she couldn’t eat nor sleep for days after last week’s meeting and that the decision to pause the winter sports season, “ripped me to the core.”,However, she said the superintendent’s job is to consider data and, with the guidance of the health district, suggested if the board didn’t heed that recommendation it would be “irresponsible.”