The start of Amsterdam Recreation Basketball League’s 2020-21 basketball season will be postponed, the city recreation department announced Monday.
In a press release, the city Tourism, Marketing and Recreation Department announced it is pushing back the start of the season for all levels — including the Mini Ballers program and the leagues for players in grades K-8 — but that the department is determined to hold a season “if at all possible.”
Recreation director Rob Spagnola said Monday that the decision to delay the start came in advance of the traditional start of registration in early October.
“We were getting a couple of phone calls, and we wanted to get the word out there,” Spagnola said.
Basketball is among the “high risk” sports listed under the New York State Department of Health’s guidance for recreational and scholastic sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further guidance on “high risk” sports is expected to come from the state on or before Dec. 31, and Spagnola said the city is hopeful that will allow them to get the season started — albeit at a later date than its normal Nov. 1 start.
“We’re leaving the door open,” Spagnola said.
The season typically runs from November through the end of February, but Spagnola said that starting the league in the winter months and running through March before spring youth sports begin ramping up is a definite possibility.
“Even if we had to start in January, we could still get it in,” he said. “But, who knows what the situation will be in a few months. All we can do is hope.”