Governor stands by sports recommendation; PIAA talks with Wolf’s staffers

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(WTAJ) — UPDATE 8/14: The PIAA has discussed options for starting fall sports with representatives from Governor Wolf’s office.

In a release, the PIAA said that they discussed many different scenarios, including schools’ health and sports safety strategies, local liability protection and options that would allow them to move ahead with sports.

In the meeting, the PIAA said that the governor’s staff repeatedly indicated that this is a “local school decision.”

The PIAA said that they are concerned that Gov. Wolf’s recommendations last week and comments during Thursday’s press conference have been perceived as a mandate by some member schools.

“The PIAA is very aware of the negative impact postponement of fall sports will have upon our 350,000 student-athletes and their families,” they said.

The board of directors is still scheduled to meet again on Aug. 21 to discuss the start of fall sports.

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Pennsylvania high school and youth sports are still alive, but left in limbo.

Governor Tom Wolf fielded questions in a press conference Thursday. He repeated his recommendation to pause K-12 and recreational sports until January 1.

Governor Wolf also said he believed he had received the a letter from the PIAA requesting a discussion on fall sports, but had not read it. He mentioned folks should first focus on education before turning attention to extra-curriculars like athletics.

For example, the Governor said schools should try to avoid transporting students across county lines.

According to our sister station ABC27 in Harrisburg, PIAA executive director Robert Lombardi is set to have a phone call with staffers from Governor Wolf’s office Friday.

The PIAA board of directors are set to meet again on August 21 to decide the fate of high school and youth sports this fall. The organization had previously delayed fall sports by two weeks after the governor originally made his recommendation.

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