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On this page .... referee or high school athletics specific information concerning COVID-19 and return to play

  • 9 Sep 2020 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HS only schedules will be rebuilt in their entirety. By Sept 14, officials need to provide new availability for Oct 10 - Nov 29. Be sure to block out dates if no longer available and/or interested in officiating this fall.  Read the full letter.

  • 4 Sep 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (49 page pdf)  "Officials are responsible for game management, which does not include monitoring activities on the sidelines, such as social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, symptoms of illnesses and other such issues. This monitoring obligation remains with the responsible parties." (p. 6).  Considerations for Officials are on p. 16; Soccer Rules Modifications are on p 29, as well as on the general Rules Changes and NY Modifications page. 

  • 3 Sep 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Press release September 3, 2020). Individual districts may delay further, based on their particular needs. "The Section One Executive Committee will reconvene prior to September 29, and in conjunction with the Athletic Council and Section One Covid task force, will continue to examine the data and guidance available while planning the best path forward or the Section One student-athletes."

  • 28 Aug 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Document Released August 28, 2020) - Key points: 

    • WPASOA needs to agree that the procedures and safeguards put in place by the State, the Sectional Athletic Councils, and/or the competing schools adequately protect the safety of officials assigned to the game
    • Officials need to make their own judgments about personal safety and may not be disciplined for refusing or turning back an assignment when the official has an honest and reasonable belief that he or she cannot ensure his or her personal safety while protecting the safety of the players

  • 20 Aug 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the September 2020 Referee Magazine Law section, see this article about leagues or assignors asking referees to sign a waiver of liability for COVID-19. We have not yet heard from BOCES or Section 1 one way or the other.

  • 1 Aug 2020 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) offers 13 common-sense ideas for keeping safe as our sports emerge from COVID shutdowns. 

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