Board approves high-risk sports to begin

Albany High School falcon logo.

Albany High School student-athletes are cleared to begin practice for basketball, cheerleading and hockey immediately after the City School District of Albany Board of Education approved the start of high-risk sports at a special meeting Tuesday.

The board unanimously approved those winter sports to move forward, along with the high-risk sports of boys’ lacrosse, football and volleyball, which begin later in the school year. 

On Monday, Albany County approved school districts to move ahead with sports that the state has deemed higher risk due to COVID-19. The board’s action was the final step needed before official practices for high-risk winter sports could begin.

Online registration is available through Final Forms. Two additional forms also are required -- one that must be completed by parents and guardians, and one that must be completed by a healthcare provider. Both forms must be turned in before a student-athlete can begin practice in a high-risk sport.

Practices/tryouts begin Wednesday 
The following schedules take effect Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Student-athletes should come dressed and ready to participate in tryouts – locker rooms are unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please bring your own water bottle. Contact the Athletic Department at (518) 475-6310 for more information.

  • Boys' basketball – Albany High School (enter through Tower 2)
    • Grades 9-10, 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Grades 11-12 (and returning varsity players), 6-8 p.m.
  • Girls' basketball - North Albany Middle School, 570 North Pearl St. (enter through the former YMCA doors)
    • Grades 11-12 (and returning varsity players), 4-6 p.m.
    • Grades 9-10 (and returning JV players), 6-8 p.m.
  • Cheerleading - Triple Threat Athletics, 25 Walker Way (bus leaves from Tower 2 at 3:35 p.m. for student-athletes who would like transportation; practice/tryouts begin at 4 p.m.)
    • For student-athletes who require transportation, it is recommended that you attend classes in the computer lab at Albany High so once school has ended for the day you can board the bus immediately.

Parents and guardians, teachers and student-athletes: Any student-athlete trying out for winter sports must finish the entire day of online instruction and not leave class early. Coaches will be understanding if all students cannot make the start of practice exactly at the designated start time.

Here is additional guidance from Albany County

As always, if you have any questions please email Director of Health, Athletics and Physical Education Ashley Chapple at