Seekonk Fall Sports Delayed After SCC Vote
Seekonk High School Sports had been set to resume on September 18, but will now be delayed due to concerns about athletes being infected with Covid-19. The Southcoast Conference Superintendents voted earlier this week to move Fall Season 1 to Fall Season 2 ("floating or wedge season") by an 8-2 vote.
School Superintendent Rich Drolet told the Reporter he was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision. Seekonk, as well as Dighton-Rehoboth, were the two districts opposed to the decision. “We believed fall sports were safe to do now and that moving forward with fall sports would have been good for the physical, as well as social-emotional, well-being of our student-athletes here in Seekonk,” Drolet explained. “Some other conferences are still conducting fall sports.”
High School Athletic Director John Moran told the school committee Monday the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) guidelines will be followed. All participants would be required to wear masks both on and the off the field, including when they travel to away games on buses.
The seasons will be condensed, with a limited amount of spectators allowed. Moran said there have been no decisions made by the MIAA regarding postseason tournaments. “We understand there would have been many challenges to conducting fall sports based on the MIAA/DESE guidance, and specific sport modifications needed (in soccer, for example) may have significantly changed how our student-athletes play their games/matches/meets,” Drolet added.
The schedule is as follows:
- Winter Season – earliest possible practice/tryout date is November 30 and the season ends no later than February 21, 2021.
- The “floating” season will run from February 22 through April 25.
- Spring Season will begin on April 26 and would end no later than July 3, 2021.