All high school sports events scheduled for this weekend in Nassau and Suffolk have been officially postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to the executive directors of athletics in both counties, who took part in a conference call Thursday afternoon.
Included in those postponements were 32 first-round football playoff games (16 in each county) that were to be played Friday and Saturday. Nina Van Erk, executive director of Nassau athletics, and Ed Cinelli, executive director of Suffolk sports, said no new dates, times or sites have been finalized.
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They expect the football playoffs to begin next weekend. The completion of the football playoffs -- the Long Island Championships -- is still to be determined.
The CHSFL already had postponed its first-round playoff games for this weekend and has not announced its plans for re-scheduling those games.
Playoff and regular-season games in other sports also have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, so Nassau and Suffolk took some measures Thursday by agreeing to move back the regional (Long Island) championships in boys and girls soccer, field hockey and boys and girls volleyball.
"I want to emphasize that these are tentative plans," Cinelli said. "But we need more time to complete our sectional [county] tournaments and we have no dates and times yet for those next week."
In field hockey, the Long Island regional finals scheduled for Nov. 11 have been moved to Nov. 13. In boys soccer, the regional finals for Class B and C scheduled for Nov. 10 have been moved to Nov. 13, as have the Class A and AA regional finals slated for Nov. 11. In girls soccer, the Class AA, A, B, C and D regional finals set for Nov. 10 have been moved to Nov. 13. Sites and times are still to be determined.
The regional semifinals for boys and girls soccer also have been changed from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10. Further scheduling tweaks may be required in all sports, depending on what day the sectional playoffs resume next week.
"We don't know yet what schools will be in session next week," Van Erk said. "And in some cases, where there were evacuations, we're not even sure where the student-athletes are."