Athletic officials, coaches, students determined to make 'high-risk' sports restart work

Basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer will begin practicing Monday. And athletic officials and coaches throughout Nassau say they're determined to keep kids safe.

News 12 Staff

Jan 27, 2021, 10:30 PM

Updated 1,262 days ago

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The decision to restart "high-risk" high school sports was a long-anticipated one, but what do schools have to do now to keep athletes safe?
Basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer will begin practicing Monday. And athletic officials and coaches throughout Nassau say they're determined to keep kids safe.
For Section VIII Executive Director Pat Pizzarelli, wrestling is the sport that's leaving him a bit on edge.
"I'm concerned about wrestling. You're going to be in close contact when you're wrestling an opponent," says Pizzarelli. "So we're going to work to follow protocols that the state and county has put together."
But Floral Park basketball coach Mike Spina says the onus also falls on the parents.
"lt's up to the parents and family members to maintain where their kids are going, what are the social gatherings ... we have to put responsibility on parents and some on the players themselves," says Spina.
Meanwhile, Baldwin wrestler Ruben Jovell says he's ready to step up.
"We're given the right to wrestle and I don't want to mess that up. I don't want to wait another year to wrestle," says Jovell. "I want to make sure everyone's wearing a mask, not coming to school with a cough or fever, and if they're not feeling OK, tell the coach immediately."
Individual school districts can add their own safety measures as they see fit -- so not every district will have the same set of protocols.


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