Athletic families: NYSPHAA is required to follow NYSDOH COVID-19 mandates for all state championship games

NYSPHSA logoThe New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)  is reminding athletes, their families and spectators that all championship games will be subject to a state mandate requiring attendees to show proof of full vaccination or negative test results upon entry to the venue.

“We’ve communicated this information to our athletic families, but we want to make sure anyone who may be interested in attending these events is fully aware of NYSPHSAA’s required adherence to the NYSDOH mandates plus the requirements of the venues involved,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult. “Each venue may have their own different and unique requirements. These requirements must be followed.  Please make sure you remain alert to these requirements.”

The New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) mandate for large-scale indoor events requires all attendees age 5 and older to show proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event.

This applies to all athletes, coaches, administrators, spectators and others, such as committee members and volunteers.

In a statement, the NYSPHSAA said it “will honor and abide by all terms, conditions and restrictions imposed by the scheduled and contracted venue for matters impacting and protecting public health. Public health restrictions may include, but are not limited to, capacity limitations, screening and testing protocols, vaccination requirements, etc.”

NYSPHSAA also said its website,, will list any venue-imposed COVID-19 restrictions as soon as they are  made available. Approximately one month prior to the state championship, the NYSPHSAA sports specific championship operations packet will list any COVID-19 restrictions that exist at  that time; restrictions are subject to change.

The district will also list information from different venues on the athletics page of its website, as soon as it becomes aware of the information, in a tab called  “NYSPHSAA Championships/ COVID-19 requirements.”

NYSPHSAA Championships/ COVID-19 requirements