The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), the governing body for high school sports in the state, released a statement Thursday regarding their plans for the 2020 fall sports season, announcing they are moving forward with the season as scheduled.
The statement said the following:
“PIAA is moving forward with the normal start of the fall sports season unless otherwise directed by the commonwealth. Heat acclimatization for football will begin on Aug. 10, and the first practice date for the remaining fall sports will begin on Aug. 17. Our focus is the health and safety of student-athletes, which is paramount in moving forward with athletics. Each member school has developed health and safety guidelines to allow athletics to continue as an important part of the school day. Participation in athletics has known health benefits, including promoting physical fitness and mental wellness, which is necessary in a time of uncertainty for our student-athletes.
“PIAA is committed to providing a season for all sports in the upcoming school year and will be flexible if conditions would change.”
The news is encouraging, but Big Spring High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Joe Sinkovich knows there are still many hurdles to clear before the Bulldogs return to the field.
“We are still looking for clarity on where things are going to be. It’s a month away right now, so things could change a lot in the next month or so,” he stated. “As a coach and as an Athletic Director, everyone is hoping that we can get in a season that is as normal as possible and have the kids at least play and compete, especially for the seniors. We want to try and give them whatever normalcy that we can and give them a distraction so that they can focus on some other things [besides the pandemic].”
Last week, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced that they will push back both fall and winter sports for member institutions until after the new year, with the aim of having all sports compete during the spring semester.