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PIAA meeting sees no action on spring season

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.

Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.

Monday Wolf announced that schools across the state will remain closed indefinitely.

The following statement was released via the PIAA web site after this week’s meeting.

On Monday, March 30, the PIAA Board of Directors, due to the closure of schools and the stay at home directives imparted by Governor Wolf in 26 counties, met via teleconference to discuss items that would have been part of its regularly scheduled Board of Directors Meeting of March 18.

Administrative items discussed included the postponement of annual spring district meetings as well as means to permit voting by member schools on a Board proposed constitutional amendment. All votes on this amendment need to be submitted to the Executive Director by May 1.

Each PIAA district must elect its committee members and reorganize by July 1. These are actions that are required by the PIAA constitution.

Other items discussed included a clarification in the waiver provision for postseason eligibility; modernizing the policy language for correcting school enrollment counts; adding definitions in the glossary to match the Department of Education on the defining of types of schools; adding additional penalties to players and coaches ejected from a contest for unsportsmanlike behaviors; adopting a revised calendar for the PIAA Golf Championships and defeating a proposal to change the starting date of scrimmages in football and winter sports.

As for 2020 winter and spring sports, no action was taken regarding the start of spring sports or the possible re-start of the winter championships.

Governor Wolf recently announced all schools are to remain closed indefinitely. PIAA will continue to receive and assess information from the Governor’s office, the Department of Health and the Department of Education before making any decisions regarding re-starting sports activities.