Connecticut Delays Winters Sports, Including Boys Swim, To Jan. 19

Connecticut will postpone the start of winter high school sports, including boys swimming & diving, to January 19 as COVID-19 cases rise in the state.

The novel 2019 coronavirus is surging across the United States, forcing changes to youth sports in multiple states. Connecticut is the latest to adjust its high school sports seasons. The CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) voted to delay the start of winter sports to January 19, 2021.

Many winter sports, including boys swimming & diving, were scheduled to start on December 5, per GameTimeCT. But as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state, the CIAC will delay that date by more than a month.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has limited private gatherings to 10 people or less and required the state’s restaurants to close by 10 PM, according to The Hartford Courant.

The state’s coronavirus numbers show a dramatic rise this fall, from about 5700 new cases over the last week of October to more than 12,000 new cases last week.

Connecticut isn’t the only state adjusting high school sports as coronavirus cases rise. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered a four-week pause in all youth sports, which will delay the start of winter high school sports. Minnesota also holds its boys swimming & diving season in the winter. That season will start no earlier than December 18, with the state expected to release some more specific information soon.

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Sad Frog
4 days ago

does this include usaswimming teams or just high school teams

Reply to  Sad Frog
4 days ago

All youth sports teams are shut down completely from Monday November 23rd until January 19th.

Jeremy Marchand
Reply to  Sad Frog
4 days ago

The moratorium only excludes college and pro sports.

Reply to  Sad Frog
4 days ago

Our team just canceled Monday practice and said they are expecting further instruction on Monday to get detail from the Governor. Sounds like it’s not 100% resolved.

Reply to  SwimMom
3 days ago

Our daughter’s team just cancelled all practices until January 19th. I’m so disgusted with the state of Connecticut right now.

4 days ago

Just to clarify, Lamont has shut down ALL YOUTH SPORT ACTIVITIES until Jan. 19, 2021. Everything.

Sad Frog
Reply to  Coachmommy
4 days ago


4 days ago

This applies to all club and team sports. Everything is shut down.

Reply to  WCNJCTNY
4 days ago

I thought that was just “team sports”. Does that include club swimming? I am in shock.

Reply to  Swammerswimmom
4 days ago

Our kids apparently have to pay the price for the ice hockey teams’ outbreaks.

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