Winter Sports Postponed Until Mid-January

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Nov 172020

I grew up in a house where baseball was the go-to sport in the family. Everyone, including my mother rooted for the Yankees, and to this day, that’s where their loyalty lies.

I collected baseball cards for the collectibility aspect with the hopes of possessing a valuable one someday. But watching the sport just didn’t thrill me as much as the other folks in the house.

So imagine my surprise when I grew to love a sport that was the “polar” opposite of that played by the boys of summer.

When I started Orange Live in 2012, after paying out ALL of the revenue to a sports writer, I smartened up, let him go and started covering the games myself. Ice Hockey was coming up and, even though I wasn’t fond of the cold, I became fond of Amity’s Boy’s Hockey Assistant Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli, my go-to guy for information after games.

Gary Lindgren wasn’t much of a talker and Mike was easy going and patient even after a rough game and he had what it took to put up with someone like me who didn’t know squat about sports reporting.

Ice Hockey has remained one of my all-time favorite high school sports. Both the Amity Boys team and the Girls’ Interschool team have held my attention and my heart for many years.

Which brings me to today’s CIAC News Update:

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Connecticut, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Board of Control announced its decision to postpone the start of winter sports until Thursday, January 19, 2021.

In a statement the CIAC stated in part, “The Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the DPH, Governor Lamont’s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19th start of winter practices.”

“Today’s action supports our member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID numbers within their communities and experience widespread movements to distance learning,” they added.

I am home today dealing with what may (or may not) be symptoms of the coronavirus, so I totally agree with the extra precautions that the state is taking to protect our health, as painful as it may be to our business owners, students and athletes, I strongly believe that if we don’t do something NOW we may never be rid of this ugly virus.

So, as much as I was looking forward to Hockey season, I guess it will have to wait, and our boys and girls will have time to get conditioned, practice, and then kick some ice come January.

I’ll see you then Scooter.