'High-risk' high school athletes and coaches thrilled to play again

With it now known that high-risk sports in Suffolk will be back on Feb. 1, coaches and athletes are excited to get back to action.

News 12 Staff

Jan 25, 2021, 10:49 PM

Updated 1,276 days ago

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With it now known that high-risk sports in Suffolk will be back on Feb. 1, coaches and athletes are excited to get back to action.
Gyms in the county will be jumping with basketball and cheerleading activities once again in just a few days. Kings Park senior Jack Garside is among those who thought he might not get a senior season, but now he's ready to get started.
"What happened to spring sports last year, that was tough for them, I'm super fortunate that I'll have some closure to my senior year," says Garside.
But the season will look different. Basketball teams will play about six or eight games, and schools will work with the county to test athletes weekly for COVID-19. And all athletes will have to take the county's pledge to follow COVID-19 safety protocol on and off the court.
Deer Park basketball coach John McCaffrey says the biggest thing amongst all of the important regulations will be the smiles when kids and coaches return to play.
"We are fully excited and ready to work with these guys to have the season they deserve in a safe manner," he says. "I know for a fact I'm one of those coaches that can't wait to do it."


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