Time ticking away as PIAA stays mum on fall season sports

Posted on July 12, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith

What will happen in August to high school sports around here? Nobody has the answer. Not coaches, not administrators, not parents, not the PIAA.

Aug. 10 marks the first day on PIAA’s fall sports schedule. Real, organized practicing is permitted. Technically, it’s called heat acclimatization week. Physical contact is forbidden. The following week is when the fun starts.

By now, every school district in the state wishing to have an athletics department has implemented a school-board health and safety plan for the coronavirus age. Voluntary workouts at high schools throughout the state got under way in late June.

The big test will come when football players are are in full pads and helmets, currently scheduled for Aug. 17. That’s when teams get serious and game plans for the opening weekend of the regular season are set.

The most important question is how can football players stay safe in this period of so much uncertainty? 

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