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CIAC Football Board of Control Update

CHESHIRE, Conn. – At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

CIAC Sports Dynasty Tournament

It’s a question with no “right” answer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun letting high school sports fans weigh in on the question to try and determine the top CIAC Dynasty of the first 100 years of the CIAC. That is exactly what is underway with the CIAC Sports Dynasty Tournament. Legendary players,Continue Reading

Mitigation Strategies Document

Mitigation Strategies Document

On Friday, September 11th representatives from the CIAC, its Sports Medicine Committee, the Connecticut Department of Health and the governor’s office met in Hartford to discuss the CIAC’s strategies for COVID mitigation relating to the sport of football. A copy of the document presented by the CIAC at the meeting can be viewed here.

Announcing the New Student Equity Advisory Board

Announcing the New Student Equity Advisory Board

CAS-CIAC is excited to announce the creation of a Student Equity Advisory Board. The SEAB will bring awareness to inequity in Connecticut and collaborate on ways to enhance inclusion in schools for all students. Student members will also develop and implement ideas and action plans to bring back to their respective leagues, schools, and theContinue Reading

CIAC Fall Sports Update Following CIAC Board of Control Meeting

CHESHIRE, Conn. – At its September 3 meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reviewed DPH’s response to its August 28 letter requesting support of (1) modifications which lower the risk of indoor volleyball; (2) low to moderate risk activities in football; and (3) an opportunity to re-assess the viability high risk full contact football basedContinue Reading

CIAC Fall Sports Plan Update Press Conference

CIAC Fall Sports Plan Update Press Conference

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini held a press conference at the CIAC office on Thursday, August 27 to provide an update on the CIAC Fall Sports Plan. The full press conference is available in three parts below.   

CIAC August 23, 2020 Update on Fall Sports

CIAC August 23, 2020 Update on Fall Sports

CHESHIRE, Conn – In alignment with positive discussions with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the CIAC Board of Control voted at its Sunday meeting to restart conditioning for all fall sports. On Monday, August 24, schools may return to the conditioning activities that were being conducted since July 6.  On Saturday, August 29, schools may beginContinue Reading

CIAC August 21, 2020 Press Release

CIAC August 21, 2020 Press Release

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC Board of Control met this morning to review last night’s discussion with the DPH and establish a timeline for decisions on the start of fall sports. The CIAC has requested that the DPH consider allowing our member schools to resume the non-contact conditioning workouts which they have been conducting sinceContinue Reading

CIAC 8-20-20 Update Following DPH Meeting

CIAC 8-20-20 Update Following DPH Meeting

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC met virtually this evening with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The more than two-hour meeting demonstrated the commitment that both the CIAC and DPH share in providing safe, meaningful, interscholastic athletic experiences for our students. The meeting allowed the CIAC to better understand the change in DPH’s position andContinue Reading

Fall Sports Update – Board of Control Meeting 8-14-20

Fall Sports Update – Board of Control Meeting 8-14-20

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC Board of Control met today to discuss the communication received from the Connecticut Department of Public Health yesterday. Following today’s CIAC Board of Control meeting, the board extended an invitation to DPH to meet in the coming week to discuss its recommendations for interscholastic athletics. CIAC will look to emphasizeContinue Reading