Pennsylvania high school sports suffered another setback Monday due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The PIAA said in a press release that it is following Governor Tom Wolf’s lead, thus postponing the start of spring sports another two weeks while further delaying the state playoffs in basketball and swimming and diving.
“No date has been determined to re-start any sports activities at this time,” the PIAA said. “PIAA will continue to receive information from the Governor’s office, the Department of Health and the Department of Education to provide updated information.”
Earlier Monday, Wolf ordered residents in seven of the state’s hardest-hit counties to stay at home for at least two weeks to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Wolf also said all schools will remain closed until at least April 6.
“As we navigate through this difficult time, we need to remember the lessons that interscholastic athletics has taught us: cooperation, patience, sacrifice, responsibility, respect and perseverance,” the PIAA said. “We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.”
While schools are closed, athletes can’t practice, according to an earlier directive from the PIAA.
PIAA executive director Robert Lombardi affirmed that no final decisions have been made regarding either winter state championship events, or if or when spring sports season can start.