Last Friday, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced its decision to cancel high school football this fall. The CIAC decided to postpone after the Connecticut Department of Public Health deemed football as high-risk. The CIAC did say, however, that high schools could play flag football or 7-on-7. This decision comes only a week after the CIAC said that football could begin practicing on September 21st.
Yesterday, hundreds of student-athletes, parents and coaches began protesting at the state capitol in Hartford. Videos show protestors chanting "LET US PLAY" and many, carrying signs with the same sentiment.
In a tweet by the Governor, he calls for a meeting between the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the CIAC. Importantly, the Governor also noted in his video that the state has the lowest COVID infection rate in the country.
This week along with Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island decided to postpone until 2021, while Michigan has reversed course and plans to play this fall and Louisiana accelerated their planned start date by a week. Colorado revisited the idea of playing this fall and ultimately decided to stay postponed until 2021.
In a state with the lowest infection rate and a Governor that's ready to play, you would think parents and players would not have to protest just to be able to play; but here we are.
Hopefully something good comes from this.
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