Future of powder puff football games unclear as school districts cancel, delay games

Future of powder puff football games unclear as school districts cancel, delay games

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Local school districts are still deciding the fate of annual powder puff football games, which pit senior girls from local high schools against each other in flag football.

Cheshire and Southington have canceled their games, which are normally scheduled around Thanksgiving, while Meriden and Wallingford are holding out hope that they can be held later in the year.

Meriden School Superintendent Mark Benigni said discussions are ongoing and no decision has been made.

“We will evaluate health data and CIAC sports schedules later in the year and work with the high schools to determine if powder puff is an option,” he wrote in an email.

Spiking coronavirus rates in the region has led to concerns over close-contact sports, prompting the CIAC to delay the high school football season to late February through mid-April. Powder puff football games, however, are run individually by districts and are not governed by the CIAC.

In Wallingford, Sheehan High School Principal Enzo Zocco said they have yet to make a decision on whether the games will be held, however, the Sheehan team had begun conditioning practices earlier this fall. Training has been temporarily paused while both high schools in town are closed for distance learning until mid January.

“... we have had powder puff practices this fall with the understanding that if we have a powder puff game, it would not be until the early or late spring depending on how things pan out with the pandemic,” he said.

Cheshire School Superintendent Jeff Solan said the pandemic has forced the district to cancel its powder puff games and the homecoming dance this year. 

“COVID has claimed them like most other gatherings and events,” he said.

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