PA Rep Urges PIAA To Reconsider Their No Fans Rule For Fall High School Sports

93.7 The Fan Staff
July 31, 2020 - 3:26 pm
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    Pennsylvania State Representative Aaron Bernstine is asking the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) board of directors to reconsider its position on their no fans policy for high school sports this fall.

    On Wednesday, the board voted 29-2 to adopt coronavirus safety protocols for sports that will cover practices and games.

    As of now, fans will not be allowed to attend games. Only players, coaches and staff will be permitted to be at sporting events.

    Representative Bernstine wrote a letter to addressed to Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine and the PIAA about the decision to not allow fans.

    In part the letter read: 

    “I am disappointed the PIAA failed to attempt to develop innovative and individualized plans to allow parents and families to safely watch and support their student-athletes at school sporting events this fall. This blanket decision by the board of directors will have negative impacts on our student athletes’ well-being and self-esteem that will carry on through academics and adulthood. School sports are a short-lived opportunity for our youth, and a proud time for thousands of Pennsylvania parents, families and local communities. Our student-athletes deserve to have their parents cheering them on in the stands and sidelines, and parents deserve the short chance to see their children compete and grow.”

    You can read Bernstine's full letter here.

    You can read the PIAA’s Return to Competition guide here.

    Bernstine represents the 10th legislative district in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties

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