PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Executive Director of the WPIAL says she is “frustrated” with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendation to postponed high school sports until January 1 and says the organization is letting students and parents know they are working to have sports this fall.
Amy Scheuneman says the WPIAL will continue to work toward a “safe and meaningful” season.
Scheuneman says that the adverse effects of not having sports can harm student-athletes in ways not addressed in the guidance including isolation and obesity.
She adds the governor needs to reevaluate the guidance and says there shouldn’t be a blanket recommendation for all sports and if there is a concern about a specific sport, discussions should happen.
Scheuneman says that most sports take place outside and social distancing is already in place and that sports like tennis and golf could easily take place.
The WPIAL is still hopeful that the football season can still begin on time September 10.
During an emergency board meeting on Friday, the PIAA voted to delay a decision on fall sports two weeks so they could work with Wolf and his administration for further guidance.
The WPIAL says they are in favor of the PIAA’s decision to delay sports two weeks, while they work with the governor’s administration for further guidance on the how to hold sports this fall.
Rep. Mike Reese, a member of the PIAA Board of Directors told KDKA Radio on Friday, “We want to work with the governor, want to work with the Secretary of Health, Department of Education to return to sports safely,” said Reese.
The board meets again in two weeks August 21 to discuss the future of interscholastic sports.
“We have two weeks to have a pretty robust discussion in Harrisburg about how to get kids back into sports and these extracurricular activities in a safe way,” added Reese.
Scheuneman says that there are differences between college athletics and high school. Students in college can travel hundreds of miles while most high school students only travel and hour or less to locations.
She adds that it is easy to hold sports outside than it is to have in person classes indoors.