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PIAA Plans to Maintain Fall Sports as Scheduled

PIAA Plans to Maintain Fall Sports as Scheduled

The PIAA is moving forward with its plan for a fall high school sports schedule, the state governing body announced on Wednesday.

The announcement came following an online meeting of the PIAA Board of Directors. Heat acclimatization will begin on Aug. 10 for the 2020 football season, with practices set to begin on Aug. 17.

“Our focus is the health and safety of student athletes, which is paramount in moving forward with athletics,” the announcement read. “Each member school has developed health and safety guidelines to allow athletics to continue as an important part of the school day.

“PIAA is committed to providing a season for all sports in the upcoming school year and will be flexible if conditions would change.”

The moves comes as high school sports leagues across the country are making plans to modify or cancel their fall seasons. Virginia announced earlier on Wednesday that it will not be playing football in the fall, while considering options to move it to the winter or spring.

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New Jersey has pushed back the start of its fall sports season to October. Arizona has also delayed the start of its season. New Mexico has moved its football season to the spring.

In other business, the board approved the reduction in wrestling weight classes form 14 to 13 and approved four-year bids for state championships for wrestling, basketball and cheerleading at Giant Center in Hershey and swimming and diving at Bucknell University.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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