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The Leader-Herald / James A. Ellis The Bowling Team Gloversville Huskies 2019-2020.

With the Foothills Council, the winter season is scheduled to begin on December 14th “Low and moderate” Batting teams announced that the bowling and boy swimming teams will virtually compete against each other.

“We will swim and bowl in our own facilities” Steve Nolan, President of the Foothills Council and Sports Director of Amsterdam, said. “The ADs have created a results sheet that the bowling coaches send to the league secretary who compiles the records and results. We’re not going to let the coaches swap points. We will have the results signed by a representative of the house and these results will be sent to the league secretary who will put it all together. He then shares it with me and I share it with the rest of the league. “

On site, Gloversville will play its home games in the Arterial Lanes, while Johnstown will play in the Perry Lanes. Broadalbin-Perth and Amsterdam both play their home games in Kelly’s Imperial Lanes.

It’s a challenge when two teams bowl home games in the same house.

“We will follow the direction of the property management” Said Nolan. “Whatever they tell us, we’ll bypass them. We have limited the squad size and we don’t allow fans in our competitions, so basically it will be our teams. “

Participants take a dip in the pool to kick off the 50 yard freestyle event during a Foothills Council boys swim meet between Fonda-Johnstown and Amsterdam on January 27 at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald / Paul Wager)

For boys swimming, the protocols are basically the same.

“We’ll swim in our own places” Said Nolan. “There will be an officer in each building and the results will be shared afterwards. It’s a little easier with swimming because there is an officer there. “

This fall, the Suburban Council held their girls’ swimming competitions virtually, which gives the Foothills Council and other leagues a foundation to build on.

“We basically had the same plan before our superintendents decided to postpone these sports until Fall 2nd.” Said Nolan. “We’re going to look at the problems they solved. Basically, our plan will be the same as they had for the schools swimming this winter. “

The Nordic and Alpine ski teams will also start training on December 14th, with some changes.

“Skiing is a section sport instead of a foothill sport” Said Nolan. “We will work with the people who own and operate the ski resorts and follow their direction. With Nordic skiing we will approach it just as much as with cross-country skiing in autumn. “

Indoor courses will not be held this season as there are no venues available.

“All universities have closed their facilities” Said Nolan. “The last facilities that we could use have since been shut down. The Foothills Council schools, which usually had an indoor track, won’t be running this year. “

Section II teams have used the indoor tracks at Hudson Valley Community College, University of Albany, Union and RPI for the past few seasons.

The local Western Athletic Conference schools that set up bowling and swim teams this winter are discussing which protocols they will follow this season.

Earlier this week, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that it would postpone the start date for “high” risk winter sports like basketball, wrestling, ice hockey, and cheerleading through January 4th. These sports still require state DOH approval to begin training.

“We do everything to keep the children going.” Said Nolan. “We need to remember that we must do it safely and that what we do has both positive and negative effects on the rest of our buildings. We try and people just have to be patient and use common sense. “

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