PIAA: High School Sports Still On in Pennsylvania

By 93.7 The Fan

High school sports a go. At least for now.

The Pennsylvania Interscholatic Athletic Association said Wednesday that it plans to move forward with the start of fall high school sports in the state.

The announcement comes as other states postpone or cancel sports, particularly football, at the high school level due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our focus is the health and safety of student athletes which is paramount in moving forward with athletics,” the PIAA said in a statement. “Each member school has developed health and safety guidelines to allow athletics to continue ad an important part of the school day.

“Participation in athletics has known health benefits, including promoting physical fitness and mental wellness which is necessary in a time of uncertainty for our student athletes.”

PIAA is moving forward with start of the Fall Sports Season as scheduled. pic.twitter.com/HGyoPde6cB

— PIAA (@PIAASports) July 15, 2020

The state’s governing body for high school athletics said that heat acclimation for football will begin on August 10 and the first practice date for other sports will be August 17.

Football games start on August 28.

“PIAA is committed to providing a season for all sports in the upcoming school year and will be flexible if conditions would change.”

A roadblock for high school athletics could come from over the PIAA’s head, as the state government could put an end to the efforts to resume.

The PIAA board of governors will meet again in two weeks to reevaluate the situation.

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