By: Chris Harlan
Friday, August 14, 2020|3:45 PM
” We asked the personnel specifically if the administration would think about providing liability protection for our schools, since I believe it would take some of the pressure off the school administrations,” Lombardi said. We asked, and they said they d get back to us. Wolf has a restriction on all viewers at school-sponsored sporting occasions.
” Theyre two big problems that are crucial to us,” Lombardi stated.” The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East and other conferences have actually decided to delay their fall seasons,” press secretary Lyndsay Kensinger said.
Bethel Park linemen go through drills during workouts Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 at Bethel Park High School.
In a word, Fridays meeting with Gov. Tom Wolfs staff was “uneventful.”.
PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi provided that analysis after an ineffective discussion regarding Wolfs recommended shutdown of fall sports. The guv isnt budging from his suggestion, and his personnel wasnt receptive to concerns raised by the PIAA.
” There are problems that we would really like to discuss,” Lombardi stated. “Im a little dissatisfied that we didnt get much better responses.”.
Now, the PIAA has a decision to make.
The PIAA hasnt closed the door on future talks with the governors office, Lombardi stated. The clock is ticking, fall sports begin Aug. 24, and the PIAA appears ready to move ahead without Wolfs support.
If the PIAA board concurs at an Aug. 21 conference to play, Lombardi anticipated a majority of member schools will dress despite the governors suggestion.
But prior to that vote, the PIAA has a busy week ahead. Lombardi said the PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee will reconvene, and the tactical preparation committee also may fulfill before next Friday.
Additionally, PIAA administrators were invited to satisfy Tuesday with the Pa. Athletic Oversight Committee, a bipartisan group of state legislators.
” We still have a couple of miles to go yet,” Lombardi stated.
Wolf desires recreational and interscholastic youth sports postponed up until at least Jan. 1, a suggestion supported by the state departments of health and education, to prevent possible coronavirus spread. Wolf has said his recommendation isnt a mandate, and in your area chosen school boards should choose whether sports are played, a position restated Friday by the governors representative.
Nevertheless, if the PIAA approves sports, districts would require to choose whether overlooking the suggestion would produce any legal liability, a concern the PIAA raised Friday.
” We asked the personnel particularly if the administration would think about providing liability coverage for our schools, because I think it would take some of the pressure off the school administrations,” Lombardi said. We asked, and they said they d get back to us.
The PIAA recommended adding bipartisan members of the state House and Senate if talks continue with Wolfs administration. A number of state legislators revealed support for fall sports in current days.
” Lets get us all together and determine a way because this isnt about Republicans or Democrats,” Lombardi stated. “This is about students playing sports and trying to offer a safe, healthy environment for them to discover life lessons on the playing surface area.”.
Its unclear whether Wolfs personnel would have an interest in that approach. Wolf hasnt talked to the PIAA on choices throughout the pandemic, consisting of the hold-up he advised recently.
” If we all interact, we can fix this,” Lombardi stated. “If theres division, thats regrettable, but well continue to advocate for student-athletes.”.
Two issues raised Friday included state restrictions on gathering sizes. Presently, girls beach ball matches would be limited to 25 individuals indoors, which Lombardi called “completely unreasonable.” Also, Wolf has a restriction on all spectators at school-sponsored sporting events.
” Theyre 2 substantial issues that are essential to us,” Lombardi stated. “We have actually heard clear and loud from the public that theyre crucial to them as well. Were going to keep dealing with it.”.
Wolfs spokesperson kept in mind a number of colleges have actually canceled fall sports in current days.
” The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East and other conferences have decided to delay their fall seasons,” press secretary Lyndsay Kensinger said. “Athletes are in close contact, not just on the field however in locker rooms and in transit. The infection is not stopping and spreads out more easily when individuals are in close contact.
” As the school year approaches, we will continue to work with schools to prepare. We desire to do everything we can to develop a safe environment for kids to return to school.
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter.