PIAA 'Disappointed' In Gov. Wolf's Recommendation

The PIAA is "tremendously disappointed" in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf after he released a statement Thursday morning recommending that sports be postponed in PA until 2021.

"We are tremendously disappointed in this decision," the PIAA said in a statement released Thursday afternoon after a reported emergency meeting. "Our member schools have worked diligently to develop health and safety plans to allow students the safe return to interscholastic athletics."

Towards the end of a Thursday morning press conference, Gov. Wolf, in response to a question about spectators at PIAA events this fall, said "the guidance from us -- the recommendation -- is that we don't do any sports until January 1."

That statement comes after the PIAA announced its intentions to follow through with the 2020 fall sports season, which included sport-specific "Return To Competition" guidelines. Included in those guidelines were approved recommendations from the PIAA's Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, which, in their view, would allow for a safe return for high school sports in PA. The PIAA also called for flexible scheduling that would allow schools to start athletics at a later date if they so choose.

Questions have loomed over the viability of high school sports competition in Pennsylvania in wake of the coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic. The spring sports season was canceled early this year.

The PIAA will hold a Board of Directors meeting on Friday, August 7 to "review this action" and will release a statement after the meeting.