Update on NYSPHSAA Winter Championships

Date Posted: 03/11/2020
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications


Update on Remaining NYSPHSAA Winter Championships
Ice Hockey Championships Will be Played, Spectators Not Permitted


Latham, NY – As of 3:22 PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the following revisions have been made to the upcoming New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s winter State Championships as a result of the coronavirus.



At the recommendation of the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health, fans will not be permitted to attend the NYSPHSAA Ice Hockey Championships at the LECOM-HarborCenter on March 14-15 (see attached correspondence).  Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director, said “this is certainly not the type of championship atmosphere our association strives to provide to our student-athletes and their communities.  This decision is being made at the recommendation of the Erie County Department of Health out of an abundance of caution as we address the coronavirus.”


The NYSPHSAA Ice Hockey Championships will be streamed LIVE on the NFHS Network as originally scheduled.


All media must apply for an event specific credential to cover the ice hockey championships.  Media should send a credential request to Chris Watson, NYSPHSAA Director of Communications, at cwatson@nysphsaa.org no later than 4:00 PM Thursday, March 12.


Pre-purchased tickets for this championship event will be fully refunded in the next 24 hours.



There have been no adjustments to the NYSPHSAA Bowling State Championships.  AMF Strike 'N Spare in Syracuse will host the bowling championships as scheduled.  NYSPHSAA staff has received no concerns or communications from the State or local health departments pertaining to mass gatherings in this part of the state.





There have been no major adjustments to the NYSPHSAA Basketball State Championship schedule.  The Monroe-Woodbury vs. Ursuline Girls Basketball Class AA sub-regional game scheduled for this evening is being postponed pending official guidance from the NYS Department of Health, Orange County Health Department and Westchester County Department of Health.  The NYSPHSAA Executive Director is working with both communities in an effort to have this sub-regional played prior to Saturday, March 14.  Other Regional basketball game locations have been revised because of facility availability.



Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director said, “It continues to be the goal of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to host the Winter Championships with direction from the New York State Department of Health, local county health departments and Governor Cuomo’s office.  At this time, we are moving forward with the championships, however the impact of the coronavirus could necessitate revisions to the championship schedule.”



About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.