The Naugatuck Valley League and all St. Paul fall sports teams were scheduled to begin their fall postseasons this week, but instead, the league has decided to end the season out of caution due to rising cases of covid-19.
The NVL announced on Monday afternoon the decision to cancel all league tournaments, bringing an end to the shortened fall season, which concluded regular-season play over the weekend.
“Effective immediately, all NVL tournaments/games have been canceled out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of the NVL student-athletes and the uncertainty of being able to successfully play out the NVL divisional tournaments to their completion,” Monday’s press release read. “This was a difficult but unanimous decision for the league.”
St. Paul boys soccer, which was supposed to begin its postseason with a game against Torrington on Monday, had not played since Oct. 22 due to a positive covid-19 case within the program, and Monday was scheduled to be the Falcons’ first game back since shutting down. Instead, the league thought it would be best for all teams involved to cancel all playoff activities.
The NVL initially laid out a plan for the postseasons to be played through this week, with no spectators allowed at any events, before coming to a new decision on Monday.
“The NVL would like to thank everyone [officials, trainers, coaches, game workers, bus drivers, school administration, the CIAC, and anyone else who supported our student athletes and their teams] for their efforts in making this fall season a reality for our student athletes and giving them the opportunity to compete,” the league said.
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