PIAA Votes to begin Fall Sports Monday, August 24

The PIAA Board of Directors voted 25-5 in favor of beginning the fall sports season on Monday, August 24 based on the decisions of individual school districts.  The vote comes after the Governor’s recommendation that no K-12 or youth recreational sports should happen in Pennsylvania until January 1, 2020.

The PIAA issued this statement in a press release:

“The PIAA Board agrees the decision to compete in athletics should be made locally allowing for each school entity to decide whether to proceed and which sports to sponsor.  As the health and safety of students is paramount in moving forward with athletics, the Board believes that through each member schools’ adherence to their developed school health and safety plans and the PIAA Return to Competition guidelines sports can continue.”

“The PIAA Board has heard the thousands of voices of student-athletes, parents, coaches, officials as well as community leaders that have contacted us.  We remind those individuals who have strongly advocated for athletics that they must keep strict adherence to school health and safety plans. All individuals involved in interscholastic athletic communities have a role in the health and wellness of all participants.”

“PIAA is committed to providing a season for all sports and all student-athletes in the upcoming school year and will continue to remainn flexible.  The PIAA also voted that based on local school decisions, the PIAA will monitor school participation in fall sports and may pursue alternate solutions, if needed.”