No-Nonsense Hoop Camp Cancelled After State Directive
The COVID-19 Pandemic cancelled another fixture in the Ogdensburg area local sports calendar. The No-Nonsense Hoop Camp has been officially cancelled.
The announcement came from Camp Director Scott Sargent on his facebook page on Friday in the wake of a directive from New York State that pre-season high school workouts could not begin at high school facilities until further notice. A previous directive said such workouts could begin with the onset of Phase 4 in the state's re-opening project..
Good morning - it is with much regret that, following yesterday’s directives from New York State regarding the on-campus use of school facilities, that this year’s No-Nonsense Hoop Camp is officially cancelled. Although we had worked tirelessly with the Ogdensburg City School District and Superintendent Keven Kendall to formulate a plan that would meet all the designated requirements and safety precautions, yesterday’s surprise decision, coupled with an extremely limited time frame to cover a multitude of issues (staffing, insurance, shirts, etc.), left us no other option.
For those that have already submitted payment, we will be contacting you directly to discuss return options.
Thank you for the tremendous support that we received in trying to provide this opportunity for our youth. Even though it didn’t work out, we are glad to say that we at least tried.
Best wishes to all for a safe and happy summer.
Coach Mark Henry and Coach Scott Sargent "WE ARE ON HOLD"
"Now we’re completely on hold until given permission to go ahead and start," NYSPHSAA executive director Robert Zayas said in media reports.
"There is no definitive timeline as to when schools can expect to have student-athletes on campus to conduct off-season conditioning workouts. We have been told nothing is authorized until it is authorized."
High school coaches around the state were hoping to arrange workouts the second week of July following socially distancing guidelines.
"I thought the plan we had put together was well thought out," Zayas said.
"It was backed by our national governing body. It provided a number of safety measures for schools, athletes and coaches to abide by, but unfortunately we’re going to have to wait before we can implement it. "Right now, I don’t know what guidance is going to come out or how athletics might be impacted. It's unclear whether captains' practices can be held off campus. It's also unclear whether high school coaches who run non-affiliated sports camps that include student-athletes have access to fields on campus. "That’s a question for the governor’s office," Zayas added in media reports.