CATTARAUGUS COUNTY – One of the area’s largest football leagues has canceled their upcoming season due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Cattaraugus County Midget Football League posted the news Sunday on social media.
In a statement the group says they attempted to hold out hope of keeping the sport alive for as along as possible, but, several concerns remained.
“We are still unsure if we would have the green light in mid-September and even then it would be really time restricted,” read the statement. “Our main concern has been and always will be the safety of all players and an accelerated season would not be idea for their conditioning or their overall health.”
Last week the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced they are delaying the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season.
Officials also voted Thursday to cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships.
They say they’re preparing to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.