PIAA votes to push back fall sports for 2 weeks

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For now, they’re delaying the start of fall sports until Aug. 24. Football was set to start on Aug. 10, other sports Aug. 17.

The PIAA’s sports medicine advisory committee said they believe strict adherence to school adopted plans and the governor's school sports guidance “should provide a reasonably safe environment for school sports.”

The board will reconvene on Aug 21.

Until then, it said voluntary workouts — with local approval — can continue. Mandatory fall sports activities will be paused for two weeks.

Just last week, the PIAA put out guidance for each fall sport, saying the plan was designed to offer flexibility for each school district rather than one-size-fits-all.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Health issued a strong recommendation of no youth sports until January 2021.

The PIAA initially said they were “tremendously disappointed” as member schools had worked hard to come up with plans for a safe return to scholastic sports.