West Hartford Youth Football Postponing Season

Courtesy of Dennis House

According to a letter from the West Hartford Football League president, the season may take place in the spring of 2021.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Youth Football League (WHYFL) voted last week not to move ahead with the fall season, but will consider playing the season in the spring of 2021.

The decision was a heartfelt and difficult one.

According to a letter from WHYFL President Bruce Bourgoin, the Board of Directors has been discussing the matter of the fall season and reviewing available information since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation and/or postponement of many activities, including youth sports, in March.

“High risk sports (as defined by the state) have more potential to be conducive to the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and communities,” Bourgoin said in the letter. “The WHYFL decision takes into account much research and consideration of the risk-benefit of football to school and families.”

Factors influencing the decision, Bourgoin said, included

  • Conflict with cohorts and guidelines established by West Hartford Public Schools
  • Recommendations from medical professionals associated with WHYFL
  • State Department of Public Health recommendations
  • Recommendations from the Tackle CIAC Board
  • Lack of adequate space for physical distancing among teams
  • Lack of COVID-19 standards for youth football leagues

In addition, other youth football leagues in Connecticut have also decided to cancel the season, Bourgoin said.

The CIAC indicated earlier this month that fall high school sports, including football, will take place, but then paused the start of practices for a week. Further guidance is expected following a meeting later this week.

WHYFL families will be notified regarding refunds of fees as well as the possibility of holding a season in the spring of 2021.

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