Winter Sports Registration; Awaiting DOH Approval

On January 22, school districts received word from the NYSDOH that as of Feb. 1 schools would be allowed to begin high-risk sports.  This is exciting for us as we have been patiently awaiting for this good news so that our students would be able to begin some of the sports that have been on hold. As of today, BH-BL is going to offer registration for the following winter sports:

  • Boys Basketball (varsity, jv, modified)
  • Girls Basketball (varsity, jv, modified)
  • Wrestling (varsity, jv, modified)
  • Cheerleading (varsity, jv)Ice Hockey (varsity)

It is important to know that we have no clearance to start any of these sports until we get approval from our local health department. Until then, we are unable to hold practices. Also, we’ve listed all levels for each sport on the registration. We are still discussing if we are going to be able offer all of these sports and if we are going to be offering modified levels.  You may sign your child up for a sport today, but we could be told that a sport or level will no longer be offered. (Also, no middle school student should sign up for a HS sport this season. )

“I apologize for the uncertainty, but I am guessing most of us are used to this with everything going on during this pandemic,” says Athletic Director Joe Scalise.

One area that was changed this fall was the addition of an online registration process for athletes. We have decided to fully transition to this platform this winter by using Family ID for all paperwork and registration moving forward.

Please read the information about Family ID on our website if your child is going to start on February 1 so you can get them registered for the first day. All information needs to be filled out by January 30, so make sure you take care of this before the deadline. Right now we are opening registration to allow for our school nurses to begin to clear athletes. Remember, in order for us to begin athletics on February 1, we will need clearance from the Saratoga County Health Department.

Additionally, BH-BL coaches will be having virtual meetings in the near future to review important information for the first day of practice. An email with the Google Meet information will be shared with all parents and students interested in playing once these are established.

“Our main goal is similar to what we had in the fall in that we want to provide a safe environment for our student athletes to have a positive athletic experience,” adds Scalise. “We did it in the fall successfully and I believe we can do the same for the high risk sports.”

Questions can be emailed directly to Athletic Director Joe Scalise.