Gov. Wolf doubles down on recommendations to cancel fall youth sports, as PIAA signals it may move ahead

Written by on August 18, 2020

Gov. Wolf doubles down on recommendations to cancel fall youth sports, as PIAA signals it may move ahead

By Jen Rehill

August 18, 2020

In this April 4, 2020, photo, a youth baseball field sits empty at Monroeville Park in Monroeville, Pa. Will Graves / AP Photo

The group that oversees Pennsylvania school sports is signaling again that it’s seriously considering moving ahead with the fall season. That’s despite the governor’s recommendation that schools bail on athletics until 2021. WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports.

Governor Tom Wolf is reiterating his call to halt youth sports across the Commonwealth.

Wolf noted that if the Big 10 can cancel it’s football season, Pennsylvania can do the same.

“What we’re trying to do here is make it as clear as possible that our schools can reopen. That should be our priority for all Pennsylvania. And to do that, we’ve really got to make sure that we’re not an Arizona, or a Texas or a Florida, or a southern California, that we don’t have these outbreaks, that we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe.”

The Wolf administration recommendations aren’t binding, so schools and other organizations can make their own decisions.

A spokeswoman from the PIAA said the organization is “fairly confident” they can get school sports up and running this fall. 

The board plans to make a final decision this Friday.

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