PIAA gives green light for fall sports to begin

Posted on August 22, 2020 in Newspaper.

Strath Haven football

The PIAA gave the green light for fall sports to begin, which is good news for local athletes, especially seniors like Strath Haven quarterback Jack Ryder. PETE BANNAN – MEDIANEWS GROUP

By Matt Smith

High school sports in Pennsylvania are making a comeback.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) held a Board of Directors meeting Friday to decide the fate of fall sports. The 25-5 vote allows sports to begin Monday, Aug. 24, with a week of heat acclimatization practice.

The PIAA, which is the governing body for interscholastic athletics in the Commonwealth, issued the following statement:

“The 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.

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