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CIAC Board of Control approves winter sports plan, season to begin January 19

Officials say 12 regular season games along with championships at the league level will be permitted for girls and boys basketball, boys ice hockey, girls gymnastics

The pandemic has hit the pause button on high school sports, but they have received the green light today from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).

The Board of Control met virtually Thursday and voted to approve a winter sports plan which allows practice to begin on January 19 and games no sooner than February 8.

The complete plan can be viewed here. 

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) says basketball, hockey, gymnastics, and swimming are safe enough to begin practicing and playing games. 

12 regular season games will be permitted for those sports, according to CIAC.

Boys and girls indoor track teams will be limited to practice with indoor/outdoor meets considered no earlier than March.

Wrestling, competitive cheer and dance are considered high risk. Officials say they should only engage in small group interaction for the winter season.

Championships at the league level in all sports will be allowed from March 15-28. No CIAC state championship tournaments will be held in the winter sports season.

Masks must be worn by anyone involved and social distancing is a priority, the email said.

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