COVID-19 cases have been continuing to rise throughout the country over the past few months. This has dulled any remaining hope for a “normal” winter sports season. Restrictions, rules, and postponements have been changing, so here’s where things stand now for each sport.

Basketball, Cheerleading, Ice Hockey, and Wrestling: These sports are considered “high-risk” by the state, and were originally planned to start in November. Due to higher numbers, the start date was pushed back until January 4th. Now, the beginning of the high-risk sports seasons are being postponed yet again. Until further notice, these teams can’t practice or play at all. Once the state decides that case numbers are low enough and schools are prepared to handle all the details.

Swimming and Diving: Swimming and diving, much like the fall sports, is able to happen as long as safety guidelines are followed. The boys season is underway, with meets starting in January. The girls season is on track to begin in March during the Fall 2 Sports season.

Indoor Track and Field: Although not considered a high-risk sport by the state, Indoor Track won’t be happening in Section 3. The section wasn’t able to secure a venue for competition, so athletes will be forced to find other ways to train for their next season. All the details on the cancellation of the Indoor Track and Field season can be found here: https://jdrampage.org/running-away-from-the-possibility-of-no-indoor-track/

Tyler Aitken is a senior at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. This is his second year on the RamPage staff where he is the editor of the sports section. When not writing about sports, he is often playing or watching them. He is a member of the Red Rams cross-country and track teams. Aitken is also an avid fan of Syracuse athletics and the Buffalo Bills.