Winter sports will be up for discussion Wednesday during PIAA meeting


The PIAA Board of Directors will meet Wednesday with winter sports up for discussion.

The winter sports regular season is scheduled to begin Friday, Dec. 11, with basketball, swimming and wrestling, but numerous school districts and leagues around the state have delayed the start to the season over COVID-19 concerns and remote learning.

The York-Adams League has delayed winter sports games until Dec. 18.

In August, the PIAA shortened the fall season and took less teams to the postseason. Both options could be on the table Wednesday as the PIAA tries to get through a winter season.

One of the major items regarding winter sports is wrestling. The PIAA wrestling steering committee submitted two items for a vote on Wednesday.

The first item is a new PIAA team bracket consisting of 16 teams in each class. The first two rounds ( Feb. 8, Feb. 10) would take place at home sites before the semifinals and finals at the same site for each class on Feb. 12-13.

The second item is for the PIAA individual tournament to develop a “super regional” so each round of the individual postseason could be limited to eight wrestlers per weight class.

In addition to winter sports changes, the PIAA will vote on language when it comes to school shutdowns. The current language only states how many practices are needed after a school stoppage such as a strike. The PIAA tried to pass language at its last meeting that stated any shut down of more than three days would need three practices to resume the season, but it was voted down.

Bob Lombardi submitted new language for school shutdowns with a sliding scale. After teams get their required 15 practices in to start the season, they would need just two practices if their school was shut down for seven straight days for any reason. If a school is shut down for 10 straight days, the teams would need three practices, and if the shutdown reaches 14 straight days, the team would need four practices to resume.

The PIAA agenda also has a report on fall sports ejections. There were 98 ejections across the state in football, including 68 supplemental ejections, which is two games and the coach/athlete has to take a class to become eligible. There were 200 boys' soccer ejections, including 57 supplemental ejections. In girls' soccer, there were 52 ejections in the state with 22 supplemental ejections.

There were no ejections across the state in girls' volleyball and one ejection in cross country.