MECHANICSBURG — The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) announced Monday that all sports will be postponed another two weeks.
The statement came on the same day that Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home directive for seven counties and extended the two-week closure of schools until April 6.
“The start of spring sports is postponed another two weeks and the possible restart of the winter championships will continue to be on hold,” the PIAA said in a news release. “No date has been determined to restart sports activities at this time.”
Though the vast majority of spring sporting events have been canceled worldwide at all levels, not all high school athletic associations in the U.S. have conceded to calling off its remaining winter championships and spring sports. The common approach among most states has been following the tentative school schedules that have been put forth by state governors, which run hand-in-hand.
For example, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year. In response, the Virginia High School League canceled its remaining sports for the rest of the year.
Similarly, New York — which is considered to be the epicenter of COVID-19 virus in the U.S. — currently plans to reopen schools by April 20. To coincide with the tentative schedule, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has canceled its winter championships, but hopes to make a final decision for spring high schools sports state championships on April 27.
PIAA executive director Robert A. Lombardi said previously that the PIAA is monitoring the decisions being made by other states, and although no date of determination has been declared, one can expect the postponements of high school sports to coincide with decisions made by Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Locally, the Lewisburg Area School District’s athletic department also issued a statement indicating that all scheduled sporting events involving the Green Dragons would be postponed until at least April 9.
The statement reads:
“Governor Wolf extended the closure of PA school districts through April 6, 2020. On April 7, 2020 and April 8, 2020. Administrators, teachers and other staff will be permitted to return to school to prepare for the students to return on April 9, 2020.
All contests scheduled with Lewisburg are postponed from today through April 9, 2020. Rescheduling contests are to be determined at this time.
All athletic practices and activities scheduled between March 23, 2020 through April 6, 2020 will be cancelled. If all goes according to plan, practices may resume on April 7, 2020.”