According to Tom Combs, executive director of Section XI, the winter season of indoor tracks at Suffolk County High School has been delayed for the past two weeks due to an insurance issue. The high school athletics leader’s county governing body said Section XI was working on a resolution and he was optimistic the season could begin soon.
The season was cut short two days before the start of the season when Suffolk County Community College officials informed Section XI of the issue. County events take place on the SCCC campus in Brentwood.
âWe were told that personal injury liability has increased and our current insurance policy does not meet college requirements,â Combs said. âWe had a million dollar insurance policy for the past seven years. The indoor installation now required a policy of two million dollars.
Combs said he hopes the issue will be resolved soon.
âWe are claiming that we will be showing up at Suffolk County Community College next weekend,â Combs said. âWe have tried to do that, to find the right insurance company to meet the requirement. The winter track is an integral part of our sports program. The last thing we want is to cancel our program. winter track because we didn’t have a proper indoor facility. It’s not an option – we would never do that. “
St. Anthony’s is the only other potential host for an indoor track season in Suffolk, but the facility also hosts the regular crossover and post-season meet for Nassau Section VIII and CHSAA.
Suffolk girls and boys indoor athletics coordinator Tony Toro said each team missed a meet last weekend and are hosting outdoor meets this weekend.
âWe’ll try to make up for missed games last weekend at some point this season,â Toro said. “As for getting a resolution by next week, I’m optimistic. If things work out I’m sure they will compete indoors.”
However, while not yet licensed to run at Suffolk CCC, some county schools are still taking place indoors this Saturday at the Jim Mitchell Invitational at The Armory in Manhattan, the Nassau County Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, or at a development meeting in St. Anthony’s.
“If that is resolved and we are back indoors next weekend, it will be a home run,” Bayport-Blue Point coach Vin Ungaro said. âIt’s hard to describe how much that means. These are kids who last year had to run away in a season that didn’t count and didn’t have a playoff. This year all of the fall sports went off without a hitch because they’re outside, and then it was a real punch because everyone was ready to come in and run for the first time in two years. The kids were disappointed. If we come back next weekend, I applaud the efforts of everyone involved to get the kids back on track. “