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The Rensselaer County Health Department has given approval for schools to start winter sports, following the state’s announcement from last Friday that “higher-risk” winter sports could begin starting February 1.

East Greenbush Central School District is starting a preliminary registration for students as a way to determine interest in the following sports:

  • Boys’ Basketball (Varsity and JV)
  • Girls’ Basketball (Varsity and JV)
  • Competitive Cheer (Varsity and JV)
  • Ice Hockey (Varsity – pending other schools’ participation)
  • Indoor Track (Varsity)

The district is still taking under consideration opportunities for wrestling and weighing options, but is not registering student athletes for wrestling at this time.

Schools within the Capital Region are impacted by decisions made by their respective counties thus our school district is working with other districts to determine what viable options for league structure and playing of interscholastic sports are possible.

The Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, February 2 to discuss winter sports. The district has also scheduled a Coaches Meeting for Monday evening and a Student Athlete/Parent Virtual Meeting for Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Preliminary Registration

Students in grades 7-12 will be able to sign up for winter sports starting Saturday, January 30. Please write the student’s name, grade and sport on an envelope and enclose the Health History Form and a Parental Consent Form with parent/guardian signature. Registration can be submitted at the following times:

  • Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m. – Noon, Columbia High School front lobby foyer
  • Monday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 3 – During School Hours, Columbia High School front lobby foyer

Any 7th or 8th grade student requesting to try out for an upper level sport must go through the Athletic Placement Process (APP) in order to be eligible for high school sports. Please send an email to Sean Leggett ( or call him at 518-207-2084 to be added to the APP list. Please contact the Athletic Office if you have any questions. (518) 207-2080.