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1 month ago @ 12:05PM

PIAA Update 5/21/2020

 

                                                  PIAA Supports Return to Play

 

May 21, 2020 –Mechanicsburg, PA

“We want kids to be kids and play sports and be representatives of their school and community.”

This was the  overwhelming  sentiment  of  the  PIAA  Board  of  Directors’  meeting  yesterday, Wednesday, May 20th, that was hosted via Zoom videoconferencing with an audience of over 30 statewide media members. Discussion was held regarding the possibility of the return of play for summer activities on school campuses, acknowledging reopening will only happen in accordance with the Governor’s directives on permissible activities.

PIAA Board  member  and  PIAA  District  XI  Chairman,  Robert  Hartman,  stated, “We  have  to follow what the Governor says, but many of us on the board are parents and grandparents and in my  personal  opinion,  if  student-athletes  are  allowed  to  participate  as  per  the  guidelines  that  are set  forth,  I  personally  don’t  care  what  the  date  is.” Previously, the  Board  issued  a  statement following  the  Governor’s  directive  that  no  athletic  activity  could  be  hosted  upon  school campuses until the end of the school year.

PIAA Executive Director, Dr. Robert Lombardi, said, “You saw and heard how committed they are to get kids back to doing what they love to do and that’s play sports. That’s why this whole scenario of the last eight weeks has been so gut-wrenching for all of us.  This is difficult.  I  was really happy the board stood up and told people that this is important to us”

With the Governor’s development of the red; yellow and green phases of opening counties across the Commonwealth, the Board is committed to permitting activities in those areas of the state that may be opened under the Governor’s orders. If permitted, PIAA is no longer holding to a common date of July 1 for out of season activities.

Additional action items by the Board were the passing of qualifiers and brackets for all sports on a second reading basis, except for basketball: the upholding of the Executive Staff’s decisions on four  appeals  of  the  competition  formula;  an  adjustment  of  registration  fees  for  spring  sports officials  due  to  the  non-printing  of  rules  books;  the  cancellation  of  this  year’s  Officials’ Convention  due  to  COVID-19;  a  change  in  the  mandatory  sit-out  period  for  a  flagrant disqualification.

The Board also referred two items to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for their review, the proposed 13 wrestling  weight  classes  and  a  modification  of  sub-varsity  game procedures in football. Finally, the elected executive officers for the 2020-21 school  year; were announced  as President  Frank  Majikes,  District  II  Chairman;  Vice-President  Robert  Hartman,  District  XI Chairman; and Treasurer Paul Leonard, District V Chairman.

 

About Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Beginning in Pittsburgh, on December 29, 1913, PIAA was given the privilege of serving its member schools and registered officials by establishing policies and adopting contest rules that emphasize the educational values of interscholastic athletics, promote safe and sportsmanlike competition and provide uniform standards for all interscholastic levels of competition.

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