PIAA is Still Trying to Change the Governor’s Mind on School Sports

Written by on August 18, 2020

PIAA is Still Trying to Change the Governor’s Mind on School Sports

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

August 18, 2020

The PIAA says it is still lobbying Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to change its recommendation that all high school sports be canceled for the fall semester. State Capital Reporter, Sam Dunklau reports despite the risks, the Association believes student athletes can compete safely if coronavirus precautions are followed.

Speaking on WITF’s Smart Talk, Associate Executive Director Melissa Mertz says sports are already happening in communities across Pennsylvania. Her argument: those events would be much safer if they were school-sanctioned.

“There’s lacrosse, there’s softball, baseball, soccer. It’s happening. We even had a wrestling tournament a couple weekends ago, so, we feel that the school environment is a little safer because of all these standards we’ve put in place for our schools to abide by,” said Mertz.

Standards, Mertz says, like not allowing teams to shake hands after games, disallowing spitting or removing mouthguards, and other rules changes designed to keep the field COVID-safe.

The Association had been hoping to meet with Governor Wolf’s office to see if the administration would withdraw its recommendation, but so far that hasn’t happened.

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