Schools get the go-ahead, but what about sports?

first_imgWith football classified as a high-risk sport, 13 states across the country have made the call to postpone it until spring. “I think all players and coaches would sign up for it as long as there’s a guarantee we’d be able to play,” said Sorrenti. Along with physical concerns, Chenango Valley football coach Nick Sorrenti said mental health goes hand-in-hand. “Anything that indicates we can be back together is obviously positive,” said Buchsbaum. “Right now we’re hopeful for September 21 but we’re also keeping an eye on what’s going on across the country.” Sorrenti said he is unable to provide any guidance to his team right now, and it would be beneficial if coaches could oversee workouts. Owego Free Academy Athletic Director Andy Buchsbaum said the news was encouraging, but there is still a long way to go before students can return to the field. “A lot of that depends on our actual reopening of schools and what that looks like, but whatever we’re allowed to do I believe we’ll be ready to do,” he said. “If they’re going to allow any sport to have a season, I think all sports should have a season I don’t think it should be pick and choose,” said Sorrenti. “We as educators can make sure they’re following guidelines and we want to do that,” he said. “We’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to make sure our season happens.” “If at some point this school year if we’re able to get kids out and competing for our school I think that’s a win,” said Buchsbaum. Right now, kids are left training on their own as Cuomo remains undecided and organized team practices are still banned. Buchsmaun said injuries are his main concern. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo giving schools the green light to reopen this fall was a step in the right direction for interscholastic athletics. Released this memo to clarify athletic eligibility for students in remote only education. @NYSEDNews Bona Fide Student Regulation provides eligibility if student is taking 3 courses + PE. NOTE: interscholastic sports are still prohibited by NYS officials at this time. @NYSPHSAA— Dr. Robert Zayas (@RobertZayasNY) August 10, 2020 The New York State Public High School Athletic Association released the following statement following Friday’s news: “We are pleased that schools can reopen and there will continue to be a dialogue about returning to interscholastic athletics. Today’s announcement is a positive one for our association and the student-athletes. We can continue to work towards getting them back to practice. We are encouraged that interscholastic athletics were brought up on the call Friday and state leaders realize its something we need to come up with a plan for.” “It needs to come down to what’s the best for the kid and what’s the best for these kids’ futures,” said Sorrenti. “Sometimes with any sport it’s the only way out, the way to escape.” “For me it’s about getting back into the mix, getting their bodies into a situation where they’re physically able to compete and minimize risk and injury as much as possible,” he said. Buchsbaum says OFA is trying to steer clear of hypothetical situations, but if it comes down to select sports being allowed the school will adjust. Today, NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas released a memo stating students receiving remote learning are eligible to play sports if and when a season is allowed. Both Buchsbaum and Sorrenti are confident coaches and athletes will be happy as long as their is a season at some point this academic year. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill 48

first_img July 05, 2019 Governor Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill 48 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 48.“Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” said Governor Wolf. “Senate Bill 48 makes changes to our elections that I do not believe strike the right balance to improve access to voters or security. The bill weakens the ability of the commonwealth and counties to quickly respond to security needs of voting systems in the future, creating unnecessary bureaucracy and potentially harmful delays.“Further, as we approach an election with anticipated large turnout and new voting technology, I’m concerned the isolated removal of a convenient voting option would increase waiting times and could discourage participation. I repeatedly sought improvements to this bill that would ease access to voting and decrease waiting times, but those changes were not accepted.“National security and cybersecurity experts, including the Trump administration, are urging Pennsylvania and other states to have new voting systems with advanced security and a paper trail. Counties have embraced the need to replace voting machines to combat hacking and improve the accuracy of recounts. I applaud their dedication to protecting the integrity of our elections, and I remain committed to voting machine funding.”The governor’s full veto message:TO THE HONORABLE SENATE OF THECOMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA:Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, Senate Bill 48, Printer’s Number 1080.Voting is what powers and sustains our democracy. I firmly believe that both I and the General Assembly have an obligation to strive to make voting more secure and more accessible to the citizens of this Commonwealth. Unfortunately, this legislation does not seek to increase voter participation in Pennsylvania. This failure is a missed opportunity to enact meaningful voting reforms.This legislation, while purporting to secure elections, binds the hands of future administrations through a decertification procedure which weakens the ability of the commonwealth and counties to quickly respond to flaws that would require the decertification of large numbers of machines fewer than 180 days before an election. This is not acceptable as a legislative measure.Finally, this bill eliminates straight party ballot voting. This policy choice removes a convenient voting option which is used by voters of any party affiliation. To implement such a change, particularly as new machines are being used for the first time, could lead to voter confusion and longer lines at the polls. These factors may lead to decreased voter participation, which, again, is in conflict with an inclusive approach to our system of elections. I sought amendatory language at various points to include voter-friendly reforms in this legislation, but those changes were not accepted.For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from Senate Bill 48, Printer’s Number 1080.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernorcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more