PIAA releases statement about winter sports

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Tom Wolf announced the suspension of all extracurricular activities until Monday, Jan. 4, at his Thursday press conference, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association released a statement on the suspension.

The governor’s mitigated measures were due to Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 case numbers rising.

“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,” the PIAA said.

The PIAA said that it “will continue to recognize and review suggestions from various professional education groups represented on the Board of Directors. The Board has been proactive in the implementation of policies throughout the fall and winter sports seasons.”

The Board on Wednesday removed numerous eligibility restrictions and deadlines to allow “for maximum flexibility and opportunities for schools to complete a winter season.”

Frank Majikes, the PIAA President, stated “PIAA is committed to maximizing the athletic opportunities for all student-athletes across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board will continue to meet and monitor this ever-changing pandemic and its implications on schools and their communities.”


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