Wolf Administration Recommends Delaying High School Sports Till 2021

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - After making a remark at the end of a press conference on Thursday that he thinks high school sports should be delayed until January 1, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has made that recommendation official.

In a joint statement, the PA Department of Health and Department of Education recommend that Pre-K-12 school and recreational sports be postponed until the first of the year to “protect children and teens from COVID-19.”

The recommendation is just that, a recommendation and not an order or mandate adding that school administrators and officials should make the decision on sports.

Highlights of the recommendation to pause youth sports until January 1 include:

  • Applies to team and individual, school and non-school recreational youth sports;
  • Includes competitions, intramural play and scrimmages;
  • Continue conditioning, drills and other training activities on an individual basis;
  • Does not apply to collegiate and professional sports;
  • Gathering limits remain unchanged - no more than 25 persons may gather indoors and 250 outdoors.

Last week, the PIAA set guidelines for the fall sports season with safety protocols in place along with alternate dates for the start of sports.

The PIAA board of directors is reportedly meeting on Thursday after the recommendation.