Neighboring states delay fall sports, but PIAA says ‘our folks don’t want that’
Friday, July 17, 2020 | 6:11 PM
Pennsylvania is surrounded on three sides by states that already have delayed the start of fall sports, a list New York joined late this week.
But the PIAA isn’t taking cues from its neighbors.
“We’re not following Maryland. We certainly are not following New Jersey,” PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi said Wednesday, when the PIAA board of directors met online and made no changes to the fall sports schedule. “Those state associations are doing what their membership schools want. That’s what they want.
“Our folks don’t want that.”
A day after the PIAA stood firm, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association decided to postpone its fall sports until Sept. 21 and canceled all regional and state championships. The NYSPHSAA also encouraged geographic scheduling for the regular season.
In Pennsylvania, heat acclimitization for football starts Aug. 10.
Practices for all sports begin Aug. 17.
Lombardi said the PIAA is listening to feedback from its member schools.
“Our folks have told our board members … we want as much as you possibly can now,” Lombardi said. “We don’t want to be the PSAC. We don’t want to be the ACC or the NAIA or the jucos or Maryland or Virginia or New Mexico. All of those states have other (needs). We want to do what’s best for our kids in Pennsylvania with the best and current information that we have, at the latest possible date, to save as much activity as we possibly can.”
Here’s a look at actions Pennsylvania’s other neighbors have taken:
Like the PIAA, the Ohio High School Athletic Association hasn’t deviated from its original fall sports schedule.
Practices start Aug. 1.
However, when the time comes for the regular season to start, only “low-contact sports” golf, tennis and volleyball are already cleared to hold contests this fall, under Gov. Mike DeWine’s restrictions. Cross country, field hockey, soccer and football can practice but can’t compete with other schools until cleared by DeWine.
— OHSAASports (@OHSAASports) July 14, 2020
Along with delaying the start of fall sports, the NYSPHSAA revealed a potential condensed schedule, in case fall sports can’t be played as now planned. Winter sports season would run from Jan. 4 to March 13, followed by fall sports (March 1-May 8) and spring sports (April 5-June 12).
Each condensed season would last 10 weeks.
— NYSPHSAA (@NYSPHSAA) July 16, 2020
Maryland has several state athletic associations. Two that oversee private schools — The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland — announced Friday that fall practices for their schools won’t start until at least Sept. 1.
On July 7, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association released a “Roadmap for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics and Activities,” allowing schools to resume offseason workouts.
MPSSAA releases the Roadmap for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics. The roadmap is designed to provide guidance for LSS to resocialize students in athletics and activities in a safe and controlled environment. https://t.co/3keu1W34fG pic.twitter.com/sr6DHCVkZy
— MPSSAA (@MPSSAA_Org) July 7, 2020
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association delayed football practice from Aug. 3 to Sept. 14.
Girls tennis can hold its first regular-season matches Sept. 28. All other sports including football begin their seasons Oct. 1 or 2.
— NJSIAA (@NJSIAA) July 10, 2020
The first day of fall sports practice was delayed from Aug. 3 to Aug. 17 by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. As a result, the regular season also was delayed.
Golf starts its schedule Aug. 24. All other sports are scheduled to begin play Sept. 2 or 3.
"A SEASON OF UNCERTAINTY" — WVSSAC's Bernie Dolan
Our @abackenstoeWBOY spoke with @wvssac Executive Director, Bernie Dolan, about the recently released 2020 high school football modifications, recommendations and requirements and plans for this seasonhttps://t.co/Uvz5fnvpDk
— WBOY12SportsZone (@12SportsZone) July 17, 2020
The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association had discussed moving football to the spring but wouldn’t do so without neighboring states also making the switch, according to the State Capital Daily.
Fall practices start Aug. 17 with games on Sept. 4.
However, football would be excluded without Gov. John Carney’s approval.
DIAA RETURN TO PLAY SUMMER ACTIVITIES GUIDANCE https://t.co/1xjEKxFceY
— DIAA (@DIAA_Delaware) July 2, 2020
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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