Those two counties now have case rates of 568 and 538 per 100,000 residents. The numbers are alarming. At the start of fall sports, the test positivity rate in both counties was less that 2%. Run winter sports with a first practice date of Feb. 22 through April 23 (9-week season). Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Tom Wolf to suspend all sports activities until Jan. 4. Teams can continue to use ball boys on the sidelines, but those kids need to wear gloves and be supervised by an adult. You can contact Chris by email at charlan@triblive.com or via Twitter . Practices for all sports begin the following Monday, Aug. 17. Tom Wolf in an effort to save the fall high school sports season. “But to give guidelines and guidance of high-consideration items that need to be done on a daily basis.”. PIAA director still optimistic about fall sports, but “everything is on the table.” High school sports in Pennsylvania are now permitted to move forward as planned in the fall, and the PIAA — the governing body ... plans for the 2020 fall sports season. The PIAA, an organization whose website uses the tagline, “A Principals’ Organization, Principle-Based” and whose constitution declares a purpose to be “to organize develop, and direct an interscholastic program which will promote, protect and conserve the health and physical welfare of all participants” chose to to ignore the health concerns and desires of the Principals Association, PASA, and the PSBA — the three groups directly responsible for safely leading the schools that make up the PIAA. In a move toward that goal, the PIAA released its guidelines for each fall sport to play during the COVID-19. “They are adamant that if each and every one of us at our schools follows our return-to-school as well as our health-and-safety plans … we have a chance to protect ourselves, protect others and protect the season,” Lombardi said. Massachusetts — The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced Aug. 19 that it has approved a recommendation from the organization's COVID-19 Task Force and the Department of Secondary Education to keep low and moderate risk sports in the fall, but move higher risk sports like … The 25 pages of return-to-competition guidelines provided game-day advice for social distancing, health screenings, sanitation and other topics. Soccer teams are instructed to hold socially distant pre-game, halftime and post-game meetings off the playing surface, when possible. Principals Association representative Jonathan Bauer, one of the three no votes, said he was concerned about differences between these PIAA guidelines and those released by the state Education Department for academics. “We’ve tried to incorporate their suggestions into the guidelines we’ve developed,” he said. Also, teams should reduce the number of players on the sideline. 5/21/2020 - PIAA Supports Return to Play 4/9/2020, 3:00PM - Winter Championships & Spring Sports Cancelled for the Remainder of the 2019-20 School Year 4/9/2020, 9:00AM - Governor Wolf Supports PIAA Sports Shutdown Some neighboring states have delayed fall sports, but the PIAA plans to stay on schedule, barring actions from the state government. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/21). The PIAA’s decision-making throughout this crisis does not engender confidence that the PIAA represents the concerns of schools during this pandemic. “With that inconsistency between the guidelines, we cannot vote for this document.”. Cross country meets should consider staggered, wave or interval starts. "[COVID] has sidelined all in-person fundraising events. Run spring sports with a first practice date of April 29 through June 25 (9-week season). For both safety and the best chance to have uninterrupted seasons, push the calendar as far as possible. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) ruled Wednesday that high school fall sports can go on as planned. The board voted 29-3 to approve the guidelines. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. The executive session discussion followed by no vote spared the PIAA board from making a public decision about winter sports. Our journalism needs your support now. Yet the PIAA leadership fails to act and shifts responsibility to the governor or to individual districts when interscholastic sports demands a statewide solution for equity for athletes. Athletes aren’t required to wear face coverings while competing but must during periods of inactivity. The information was drawn from multiple sources, including the Pa. Department of Health and the PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Fall sports will start Aug. 10 with heat acclimatization for football. Michigan State University will bring students back on campus for the Fall 2020 semester, President Samuel Stanley announced on Wednesday. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. The PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee's approved guidelines require a number of health and safety restrictions. By: Chris Harlan Let’s take full advantage of it. With fall sports training and acclimation activities already underway, Governor Wolf announced he wanted schools across Pennsylvania to waive the fall 2020 season altogether. Many of the guidelines were similar to health and safety plans already in place at individual schools. Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 6:08 PM. Prior to the Dec. 9 meeting, the PIAA executive director received letters from both the Pennsylvania Principals Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA, the superintendents’ group) calling for the PIAA to postpone winter sports. The most drastic change is regarding spectators. PIAA officials and Gov. Fall sports are cross country, football, field hockey, golf, girls tennis, girls volleyball, soccer and water polo. Tom Wolf’s office have gone back and forth on the issue of playing or postponing fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we move forward in the face of the PIAA’s failure to take strong proactive leadership steps? Tom Wolf released covid-19 guidelines for restarting PIAA sports Wednesday, clearing the way for high school sports teams statewide to begin offseason workouts. The state also maintains a 250-person limit on outdoor gatherings. Combine COVID cancellations with regular winter weather cancellations and we are looking at a mess of a winter season and athletic directors constantly reacting to last-minute cancellations. None will be allowed, at least to start. ... which was done in 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns. Presently, all 67 counties in the state are in the “substantial spread” of the virus category. But the health of our communities must take top priority. “The principals of Pennsylvania are responsible for the safety of students during the academic program and the athletic program,” Bauer said. … We follow the guidance that has been put out.”. Lebanon. Todd Rombach, longtime official and treasurer of the 105-member Capital Area Chapter of PIAA Football Officials, said it’s been “business as usual” leading up to the 2020 season. When fall sports began, the counties that makeup my district (Northampton and Lehigh) had case rates of 17 per 100,000 and 16 per 100,000 residents in a 7-day period. Work backward in figuring out the seasons. Lombardi said the PIAA conferred with Gov. This comes after the state recommended school and recreational youth sports be postponed until 2021. Fall sports will start Aug. 10 with heat acclimatization for football. On the PIAA’s website, the group proudly states that taxpayer money is not used to fund the organization and that “PIAA’s principal source of revenue is the sale of tickets to its Inter-District Championship Contests.” Postponing seasons can lead to loss of inter-district playoff games, which leads to loss of revenue for the PIAA. The governor and PIAA disagree on whether schools should have fall sports this year because of the coronavirus. Colliding priorities can make decision making even more difficult. The PIAA Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday with fall sports as the main subject of discussion. But the PIAA also provided protocols for when a team has a covid-19 case among its players or coaches. The PIAA dropped the COVID ball. Walker expects a $300,000 decline in net revenue across its 17 athletic team booster clubs as a whole for the 2020-21 sports year. The PIAA board plans to make a final decision on fall sports when it meets Friday. The PA School Boards Association (PSBA) also supported postponing the start of the season. Joseph Roy is superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District. Practices for all sports begin the following Monday, Aug. 17. That team must shut down for 14 days, Lombardi said, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. By: Katherine Smith* Posted: 11/12/2020. The school must inform teams it previously played, in accordance with CDC guidelines, and notify its next opponent “in a reasonable time frame.”. A. PIAA does not anticipate any modifications to the meeting requirements for fall sports officials for the 2020-2021 school year. Screenshot. I propose the “Common Sense Sports Plan” for winter and spring interscholastic athletics based on current realities and a few reasoned assumptions. 6/30/2020: Arrest/Conviction Report & Certification Form Act 24: 6/24/2020: 2020-21 PIAA Order Form: 6/1/2020: Right to Know Request and Document Retention Policy: 3/12/2019: Arrest/Conviction Report & Certification Form Act 24: 12/11/2018: Supplement to PIAA Application for School Membership Involving PIAA Member … A later winter season opens the possibility for more fan attendance. “We didn’t say spectators aren’t allowed. “We tried to create a shell, not every little detail down the rabbit hole,” Lombardi said. All rights reserved (About Us). The positivity rate is now just shy of 20%. Face shields that are integrated into the helmet and attach to the facemask are recommended. VIDEO: Rebel Yell Podcast: Boys Basketball Coaches Spotlight: Jeannette, VIDEO: Rebel Yell Podcast: Girls Basketball Coaches Spotlight – Southmoreland, Greensburg Salem plays first game of season … finally, © 2021 TribLIVE High School Sports Network | All rights reserved, Football officials organize free online clinic to recruit more colleagues, Greensburg Central Catholic names Marko Thomas head football coach, Division I dream comes true for Norwin’s Giansante, other Westmoreland football players, Western Pa. football players in 2021 recruiting class headed to Division I, II programs, PIAA might keep football championships in November, start season earlier. Certainly there are many pressures on PIAA decision-makers to play regardless of the health risks. Adults must wear face masks, and they shouldn’t enter the field of play or bench areas. The PIAA opted to condense its 2020 football season and hold its championships during Thanksgiving week as a way of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. © 2021 Advance Local Media LLC. Harrisburg will not play fall sports, district urges PIAA to move season to spring ... not move forward with a 2020 fall sports season. Twenty counties have more than 400 cases per 100,000, not even close to 100 case benchmark. The PIAA board on Wednesday did approve an alternate start date in mid-September, but that delay is optional. We must also consider the role of money in influencing PIAA decision making. High school sports forced into waiting game due to new COVID-19 restrictions by Phil Anastasia , Updated: November 16, 2020 On December 7, 2019, St. Joseph's Prep won its second straight PIAA Class 6A football title. The PIAA won’t let colleges or other states influence its decisions. Gov. The PIAA also provided detailed lists of sport-specific guidelines, such as the recommendation footballs be cleaned and sanitized throughout the game. All PIAA sports activity was originally placed on hold until July 1 over coronavirus concerns. The Middle Atlantic Conference announced Friday morning the suspension of its fall sports for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a common-sense plan for winter and spring sports | Opinion. Finally, we need to admit that the virus is out of control in our state in a way it was not during fall sports. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has asked in writing for a meeting with Gov. With all due respect to the advisory committee, infectious disease doctors, pulmonologists and critical care doctors have both the expertise and the frontline experience to provide advice to educators. On Friday, the PIAA asked Gov. [1] In response, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA), the governing … As for the fall seasons, the PIAA also voted to not hold regionals in golf this coming fall, which is what happened in 2020 because of COVID-19. “If by chance spectators are allowed, we put some directions in there for them,” Lombardi said. Sponsorship and television rights dollars that provide great revenue to the PIAA won’t roll in if there are limited or even zero inter-district, regional and state playoffs. PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi says if fall sports are canceled, it would have to be by the governor. Most notably, there will be no spectators, unless the state Department of Education changes its position, PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi said. July 29 – The PIAA meets to discuss different start dates for fall sports. The number of canceled games and postponements will certainly be larger by an order of magnitude for winter sports based on current infection rates. Tom Wolf’s administration while finalizing the guidelines. But before those workouts can take place, the guidelines require every school district to create a detailed health and safety plan that’s approved by … Missed regular-season games can be recorded as “no contest” rather than forfeits, if the schools and PIAA district committee agree. Time is on our side now. Football players should keep their mouth guards in their mouth throughout competition. by: Daniel Hamburg. Handshakes are nixed. On Dec. 9, with a post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge on top of the fall surge wreaking havoc, the board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a closed-to-the-public executive session. The Pennsylvania positivity rate is now 15% with 373 cases per 100,000 residents in the past week. If the PIAA does not answer to the state’s principals, superintendents and school boards, who does it answer to? Athletes shouldn’t share uniforms, towels or other equipment. The PIAA had been making plans to start the season as scheduled when Gov. The following day, it was left to Gov. The Common Sense Sports Plan respects the current coronavirus realities, including strained health care systems, demonstrates compassion for those at the greatest risk, teaches our kids they are part of a larger community that values them while thinking creatively to keep them safe, and provides them the opportunity to play the sports they love. Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy updated the community on the district's COVID-19 cases on Dec. 1. The state Education Department released return-to-school guidelines that prohibit spectators from attending school-sports contests. The information was tailored for teams, coaches and officials. Additionally, PIAA leadership believes deeply in the importance of athletics to the well-being of student athletes. The SMAC last week unanimously endorsed fall sports starting on time. Sep 24, 2020 PIAA spectator bill fails veto override State playoff brackets unveiled for fall sports COVID-19. Run state championships in the spring. Sullivan County currently has the lowest spread at 214 cases per 100,000 on the states COVID dashboard. Volleyball teams shouldn’t switch benches during a match. The PIAA guidelines say spectators from different households must be 6 feet apart. According to the PIAA guidelines, “should spectators eventually be permitted to attend contests, we anticipate that such attendance will be subject to some important limitations.”. High school sports remain on schedule for the fall, but the new PIAA covid-19 guidelines approved Wednesday describe a season unlike any other. Superintendents and school boards are listening to infectious disease experts in responding to the pandemic. That group is made up of sports medicine experts, orthopedic experts, and training experts — not infectious disease experts. ... coaches react to ban on fans for PIAA fall sports Local Sports. Among the football guidelines, the sideline box for teams is extended to the 10-yard lines, giving players more room to stand. “We are … PIAA board to vote Friday on future of fall sports by Phil Anastasia , Posted: August 20, 2020 The PIAA board of directors will decide whether to continue or postpone the fall sports season. North Allegheny assistant coach Kevin Thompson works with players during practice on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in McCandless. If removed, it should be disinfected before reinsertion. Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. To get back to “moderate spread” a county needs to go below 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day period. To the surprise of many, the PIAA board failed to take a public vote on the most important issue facing high school athletics in the state — whether or not winter sports should be postponed. The PIAA Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday with fall sports as the main subject of discussion. Electronic scoring is permitted for regular-season golf competition. PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The WPIAL held a press conference on Monday to address the plan for fall high school sports. Wolf has said sports should be postponed until January of 2021. The PIAA leadership depends on its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for guidance. The North Allegheny student section cheers after a Tigers’ score at Wright Field at Newman Stadium on Sept. 20, 2019, during a game against Mt. Wolf and his administration to work with them and … Why not be patient, buy time, push the start of winter sports? People attuned to high school sports assumed the private session would include discussion of the frightening virus spread and whether winter sports should be postponed until after the holidays. Consider a wrestling season that cuts across winter and spring dates, allowing for possible outdoor practice time and possibly even outdoor matches due to wrestling’s specific challenges with social distancing. The result will be fewer playing opportunities for our students. HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Fall high school sports will look different. Case rates should decline through the spring and the vaccine will be more widely available as we get into April/May/June. Subscribe now ». Local sports the role of money in influencing PIAA decision making even more difficult, superintendents and boards. To begin offseason workouts halftime and post-game meetings off the playing surface, when possible must wear masks. 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