Athletes Elated That All NYC PSAL High School Sports Will Start Up in April 2021

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It was recently announced by Mayor deBlasio that the PSAL, New York City’s official high school sports league, will start practicing and competing in all sports this Spring.  In April practices and conditioning will begin and competition will start in May.

The season will run through the summer. According to NYC DOE officials athletes will be required to wear masks, there will be no no spectators allowed, and athletes and coaches will undergo weekly coronavirus testing. Students who opted for fully remote learning will also be allowed to participate.

All sports will be played outdoors, including basketball games.

“I really miss the practices,” Javin Trail, a senior at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, previously told Chalkbeat. “It’s just a time we all get to hang out with each other.”

He formed deep friendships with his teammates from his basketball team, which made it to the quarterfinals last year.

“By the end of the season, we really built that bond of brotherhood. We really felt for each other,” he said. “We really love each other.”

There were no details about scheduling or if Fall and Winter sports will be included, but we will post an update as soon as that information becomes available.

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