What has felt inevitable for some time was made official yesterday as the Private Schools Athletic Association announced the cancellation of the spring athletic season in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Here is the press release from the PSAA:
On Monday, April 27th, P.S.A.A. President James Regan announced the decision to cancel the spring athletic season and P.S.A.A. Championships due to concerns over the Sars-Covid Virus after consultation within the Association and its distinguished members.
“The league and the participating schools feel the disappointment and heartbreak for our student-athletes and while we delayed as long as possible to make this decision we felt nothing was more important than the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, and everyone else who make it possible to run an athletic season. We simply ran out of time to be able to field a season.
It was agreed that every senior student-athlete will receive an All-PSAA award to honor them for their participation.
To our extended P.S.A.A. family, please stay safe and strong. We will overcome, persevere, and defeat the challenge presented to all of us together. We look forward to seeing all of you for the Fall 2020 season.
Our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, boys’ and girls’ track teams, coed badminton team, and boys’ tennis team were affected by the decision. The sailing and baseball teams do not currently play in the PSAA. The track teams and badminton team will wait another year to defend their 2019 PSAA crowns. Despite the setback, our athletes remain engaged with daily workouts and challenges led by our strength and conditioning coach.
While many of us look forward to 2020-21 and the 99th athletic season of the Blue & White, our hearts break for our senior athletes who will not play their final season. Seniors, we encourage you to reframe in your mind how you view this lost season, that you can see and appreciate it as a sacrifice that kept many people safe.
Your sacrifice, achievement, passion, commitment, and effort will not be forgotten.