Sayre, Athens and Towanda high schools in Bradford County, Pa., may resume fall sports this week after the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Board of Directors voted last Friday to permit practices and games to resume on Monday, August 24, based on local school districts’ decisions. PIAA board agreed the decision to compete in fall sports should be made locally, allowing for each school district to decide whether to proceed and which sports to sponsor. As the health and safety of students is paramount in moving forward with athletics, the Board believes that through members’ adherence to their school health and safety plans and the PIAA Return to Competition guidelines sports may continue.
Sayre is scheduled to play its first football game of the season on Friday, September 18, against Montgomery, according to the school’s website.
PIAA Board of Directors heard thousands of voices from student-athletes, parents, coaches, officials as well as community leaders who contacted the association. PIAA reminds those individuals who strongly advocated for athletics that they must keep strict adherence to school health and safety plans. All individuals involved in interscholastic athletic communities have a role in the health and wellness of all participants.
PIAA is committed to providing a season for all sports and all student-athletes in the upcoming school year and will continue to remain flexible. The board of directors also voted that based on local school decisions, the PIAA will monitor school participation in fall sports and may pursue alternate solutions, if appropriate, according to a letter published on the PIAA website.