By Terry Toohy
The PIAA’s decision last Friday to allow individual school districts and leagues to move forward with fall sports starting Monday created confusion for some athletes in the Central League.
A number of athletes called their respective schools and coaches looking for answers, according to Springfield’s Glenn Mallon, chairperson of the Central League athletic directors. Generally, the kids wanted to know if they should begin the process of getting ready for the season or would they have to wait to get clearance from their respective schools?
As an answer, the league’s athletic directors decided to release a statement Sunday to clarify the situation.
“On Friday, August 21st, the PIAA Board of Directors voted to allow member schools to begin fall sports on Monday, August 24th,” the statement read.
“Based on the guidance from the Chester and Montgomery County Health Departments, Central League schools have agreed to delay the start of the 2020 fall season.
“CAL schools may continue voluntary workouts while awaiting further instruction from our local school boards and superintendents.”
The timing of the PIAA “decision” was to allow for a week of “heat acclimatization” for football. There are 12 teams in the Central League spread out across Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties.