Fall athletics FAQs

As Colonie Athletics welcomes students back for the fall sports season, please see the commonly asked questions from our families below.

If you have a question that has not been addressed, please email Athletic Director Joe Guardino at guardinoj@scolonie.org.

*This page was updated on Sept. 22, 2020


When will sports schedules be available online?  

Fall schedules are available online now.  View information and up-to-date schedules for Colonie athletic teams at:  https://www.schedulegalaxy.com/

Can an athlete play in all four seasons in 2020-21?

Yes. An athlete can play in all four seasons (fall, winter, fall 2, spring) in 2020-21.  For example, an athlete can play soccer in the Fall season, basketball in the Winter season, football in the fall 2 season and baseball in the Spring season.  An athlete cannot play two sports in the same season.  For example, an athlete cannot play football and volleyball during the fall 2 season. 

If I am a student who has elected for full remote instruction, am I eligible to participate in athletics in 2020-21?

Yes.  A student who has elected for full remote instruction is still a bona fide student.  Therefore, students who are fully remote can participate in sports.  Remote students will be required to provide their own transportation to school for practices and games.  For away games, they only need to provide transportation to Colonie HS and then they can take the bus to the game.

How many practices am I required to participate in before being eligible to play in games?

Individuals must be active participants in at least 10 practices in order to be eligible to participate in a game.

What if student athletes cannot tolerate wearing a mask during physical activity?

We are following the NYSPHSAA face covering guidelines. In accordance with NYSDOH guidance (Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Sports and Recreation), responsible parties must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering. (Pg. 5)

Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks that cover both the mouth and nose. (Pg. 5) 

What type of mask is recommended, especially for aerobic activity soccer or cross country runners?

Just like students in school, our athletes will be required to wear cloth face masks that cover both the nose and mouth that include, but are not limited to,  surgical masks.  We recommend that our athletes wear whichever acceptable mask is the most comfortable for them.  The surgical masks seem to be the popular choice for athletes participating in sports that involve heavy breathing.

What if I forget my mask for a practice or a game, or if my mask is damaged?

All of our coaches have been provided with a supply of surgical masks.  If an athlete forgets their mask or if their mask is damaged, our coaches will supply them with one of the surgical masks.

Will there be league championships this fall in the Suburban Council for varsity athletics?

This is being considered, but for now, there are no culminating events scheduled for the Suburban Council at the end of the fall season.  The focus right now is to maximize opportunities to provide all teams in the league with as many regular season competitions as possible. 

Will there be sectionals this fall?

No.  Unfortunately, Section 2 has decided to cancel sectionals for the fall season.

Will spectators be allowed to attend games?

The Department of Health guidelines state that two spectators per athlete will be allowed for school athletic contests.  Our athletes will each be given two spectator passes to distribute to family members.  Only spectators wearing a badge will be allowed to attend a game.

What are the spectators sign-in procedures?

All spectators must check in at the sign in desk as you enter the game field wearing the spectator badge.  You will need to confirm the player you are representing and your name and phone number. 

Are games consistently scheduled?

We scheduled games once during the week and once on the weekends in most sports.

Have busing procedures to away games changed due to Covid-19?

Athletic busing procedures have not changed.  Colonie will provide a bus for all away games.  Athletes will arrive at Colonie High school to catch the bus to all away games. Parent permission slips will be provided to ride home with your parent only.

Will athletes have access to the locker rooms?

Yes, only after school.  We have marked off areas in the MUG locker rooms that are 6 feet apart.  Athletes will be allowed to use our locker rooms when they attend in-person schooling only.  They will also be able to store their sports bags/equipment in the MUG team rooms for the day.  Drop-off is during homeroom.   Athletes will be required to wear their face masks at all times while using the locker rooms.  No lockers will be used and you must bring everything out with you.

Will football, cheerleading and volleyball be allowed to conduct off season workouts on campus this fall?

NYSPHSAA has provided updated guidance that does allow football, cheerleading and volleyball teams to conduct “off season” workouts on campus.  However, South Colonie has placed a “PAUSE” on this ruling until further notice. Our focus right now is to get the low and moderate risk fall sports off the ground before we introduce off season activities. 

How will the adjusted fall season impact the winter season?

NYSPHSAA has announced that the winter season will now start on Monday, November 30.

When will the fall 2 season start?

NYSPHSAA has announced that FALL 2 Season will start March 1, 2021. Football Boys and Girls Volleyball and Cheer will be offered.

How will the fall 2 season impact the spring season?

NYSPHSAA has announced that the spring season will now start on Monday, April 19 and continue into June depending on regents exams in June 2021.