The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee’s recommendation to keep the normal start of the fall sports season, for now, but officials say they’re also offering flexibility to individual school districts and conferences.
The PIAA’s board of directors held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the ongoing efforts to resume sports in the fall.
They said they recognize that a “one size fits all” approach is not ideal as COVID-19 has affected each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties differently.
PIAA officials said earlier this month that heat acclimatization for football will begin Aug. 10 with the first practices for the remaining fall sports following Aug. 17, and that schedule still stands for schools who decide on the regular start time.
Other options for school districts include an “alternate start” which would push first contest dates into mid-September, and a “hybrid start.”
Another meeting is scheduled for August.