CIAC Reaffirms Cancellation of Fall H.S. Football

Despite the intention of most to play through the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and a series of high-profile protests, it appears that Connecticut high school football players have lost their final appeal to force a traditional fall season.

Wednesday, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) issued this statement:

"At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports." 

Shortly after the CIAC announcement, Meriden city officials said they're shutting down their high school's football activities, citing two COVID-19 cases associated with the team. 62 people related to that program are in quarantine.

It its statement, Meriden writes, "Unfortunately, the sport (football) is inherently risky in a COVID-19 environment."

Many teams, including Meriden High School, have been practicing in cohorts, hoping for a fall season that had already been shortened to six regular season games.