With New Restrictions, Season Delayed Until At Least Jan. 4

Any chance of a winter track and field season will have to wait until after the new year. 

There will be no school and youth sports until Jan. 4. Per new restrictions set by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, "All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural, and intramural sports are paused."

That means that a few of the "polar bear" meets that were scheduled for the next week have been canceled. Wilson (3) and Holy Ghost Prep were two of the schools that had polar bears meets lined up in December.

Earlier this week, we reported that an indoor season is planned in Pennsylvania by those in the PTFCA, though association president Ron Lopresti noted that that could change at any moment with any new announcements by the governor. Currently, the first indoor meet at Glen Mills is planned for Jan. 8, so at this time it is not affected.

The PIAA issued a statement today: "The increases in Covid-19 cases across the Commonwealth have led the Governor to "pause" extracurricular activities for the next three weeks. Hopefully, this temporary suspension will assist in flattening the curve and reducing the numbers of cases statewide. We all collectively must be diligent in following mitigation efforts in order for a successful return to the season."

Though the PIAA does not sponsor indoor track and field, it's worth noting their stance on the state of high school sports in PA.