The PIAA met Friday to discuss starting falls sports. About a week after they met with Gov. Wolf’s staff for more information on his recommendation no to start any fall sports until 2021.
The PIAA board of directors votes 25-5 in favor of starting sports on August 24th of this year.
This vote was highly anticipated by parents, students, and coaches who were not able to start their spring season and were only able to do conditioning sessions due to COVID-19.
The vote came after a brief executive session and discussions about the PIAA’s meeting with its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Payton’s Law and Heat Acclimatization.
Waynesboro Area Senior High School athletic director Eric McIlquham, who is working on a modified fall sports schedule for seven teams, was relieved to hear the news.
“That’s great. These kids need this, our community needs this. We can’t go another season without competing. For some of our kids, their safe haven is athletics and our school.
“I think (those who voted yes) have heard from people. They’ve heard from school districts, parents and athletes. When I got calls, I referred them to (the PIAA).”
The vote was followed by an entire month of wondering whether this fall season would be like the spring season which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The PIAA, whose Board of Directors voted 30-2 to start the fall season on a two-week delay but without any spectators being allowed to attend sports events, met with its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee on Tuesday to discuss the committee’s Return to Competition Guidelines.
The Sports and Medicine Committee had some words to say about Gov. Wolf’s recommendation to start fall sports in 2021.
According to the SMAC, “This date cased much concern from the SMAC because it is in the middle of flu season, no guarantee there will be better medical circumstances, there is not medical or scientific reasons for the January 1 dates, and may cause staffing problems for athletic trainers and medical personnel.”
The SMAC made no changes to is Return to Competition Guidelines and discussed the differences between high school and college athletics, especially as it relates to travel.
PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi said that they would be monitoring all high school sports daily.
“We are taking a measured approach,” Lombardi said.
He also said that there is no concern for a lack of officials saying that the number of inactive officials is less than one percent compared to the total amount of officials.