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Ken Hall - Athletic Director - khall@cbsd.org - 267-893-3320

Tohickon Athletics

Ken Hall - Athletic Director - khall@cbsd.org - 267-893-3320

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2 months ago @ 12:35PM

PIAA FAQ's 4/20/2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
April 20, 2020
STUDENT ATHLETES
ADDITIONAL SEASON
Q: With spring sports now unable to be conducted this year due to COVID-19 school
closure, will student-athletes receive an additional year of eligibility?
A: No. Students have four consecutive years (8 consecutive semesters or the
equivalent) beyond the 8th grade year, without regard to the student’s period of
attendance. The repeating of a grade for an athletic purpose is not permitted.
NON-SCHOOL PARTICIPATION
Q: Can a student-athlete who was competing in a spring sport (baseball, softball, track,
etc.) for their high school practice or play that sport with their non-school team, of the
same sport, (i.e. travel or club team) while school is closed?
A: As directed by Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health, non-life
sustaining businesses should not be open to the public. Governor Wolf stated clearly
that all sports, professional, non-professional and amateur have closed; this would
include travel or club programs. If the Order were to change, guidance may be updated
at that time.
ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY
Q: Are students considered enrolled and in attendance during the closure of schools?
A: Students are still considered to be enrolled in the school they are attending even
though students are not physically in the school buildings. Students who took online
courses from another source, but did not withdraw from their high school, are not
considered transfer students.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
Q: With schools being closed, and students receiving education online, are there any
changes to academic eligibility requirements for next school year 2020-2021?
A: There is no change to the PIAA minimum academic standard that a student must
have passed four full credit subjects, or the equivalent, including the second semester
of 2019-20 impacted by the pandemic. PIAA rules only require receiving credit, so “pass
or fail” without a letter grade is acceptable. A school may determine on its own to waive
rules or standards that are stronger than the PIAA minimum, e.g., not requiring a
GPA or that a student pass all classes.
FALL SPORTS
Q: Has there been a decision made about fall sports?
A: Fall sports are scheduled to begin as planned at this point this time. We will
continue to monitor any additional information provided by the Governor’s Office,
Department of Health or Department of Education as it relates to interscholastic
athletics.
OUT-OF-SEASON ACTIVITIES
Q: Can out-of-season activities begin on July 1st?
A: As stated in the press-release of April 9, 2020, while PIAA remains hopeful that
summer activities will be able to commence July 1, it is still too early to reach any
decisions or offer guidance at this time. Therefore, any school-related participation in
regards to inter-scholastic athletics remains closed until June 30. If the order were to
change, further guidance would be provided.
Q: Can teams attend camps as scheduled?
A: At this point it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time. If
ultimately permitted, that would be an individual decision or decision of the school for
Team Camps.
Q: Will there be any changes to the rules regarding out-of-season regulations in light of
the effects of COVID-19?
A: No. All current rules regarding out-of-season participation will remain in effect.
PRE-SEASON PARTICIPATION (10 DAY RULE)
Q: Will the rule that prohibits all team members of same school participating in a
competition within 10 days prior to the start of the sport season be waived?
A: No. The 10 Day rule will remain in effect. This does not prohibit individual student
athletes from training/practicing/conditioning over the summer, nor does it prohibit open
gyms.
CIPPE FORM – PHYSICALS
Q: Will be there any changes to the CIPPE Form for the 2020-21 school year?
A: There are no changes to the CIPPE Form for the 2020-21 school year. The current
CIPPE Form located on the PIAA website is up to date.
TRANSFER RULE – POST SEASON ELIGIBILITY
Q: If a student was determined to sit out this spring sport season because that student
had transferred and triggered the Post Season Transfer rule, will they have to sit out
again next spring post-season?
A. Transfers will not have to sit out again next spring season. This season will count as
their period of ineligibility.
COACHES
Q: During this time, can a school coach provide guidance on the types of workouts and
skills that individuals from their team can complete on a voluntary basis from home?
A: Yes. This is allowed as long as coaches aren’t requiring individuals from their team
to practice the skills or complete the workouts.
Q: Are cheerleading programs permitted to hold virtual tryouts, where they would
review video or watch live?
A: That is a local school decision. PIAA does not have any rules in place to prevent it.
Q: Can coaches run youth camps if allowed to "open the economy" and restrictions are
removed?
A: Any school-related athletic activities involving school students (regardless of age),
school coaches or school facilities shall remain closed until June 30. If a coach runs a
youth camp as an individual private citizen separate from any school association, they
would be subject to the guidelines/timelines as detailed by Governor Wolf. If the order
were to change, further guidance would be provided
OFFICIALS
Q. Will PIAA be providing an extension or waiver for the background clearances that
are due to expire this year?
A. PIAA does not have the authority to provide any type of extension or waiver for
background clearances. That is something that is beyond our control as it is regulated
by state law. When one of the clearances expires, officials are not permitted to officiate.
Q. How many meetings do spring sport officials have to attend to avoid suspension?
A. All meeting requirements have been waived for spring sport officials.
Q. Will the meeting requirements change for the fall sports officials for the 2020-2021
school year?
A. PIAA does not anticipate any modifications to the meeting requirements for fall
sports officials for the 2020-2021 school year. If this decision were to change, further
guidance would be provided.
Q. Will the 2020 PIAA OFFICIALS convention still be held this August?
A. PIAA has not yet made that decision at this time. Contact will be made individually
to all officials when a decision is made.
GENERAL
CHAMPIONSHIP TICKET REFUND
Q: Can spectators that purchased advance sale basketball tickets for quarterfinal round
contests request a refund?
A: Yes. Individuals should contact the school where the purchase was made. The
school will determine the best course of action for issuing the refund.
Q: Can spectators that purchased championship tickets for basketball championships
(finals) request a refund?
A: Yes. Individuals should contact the GIANT Center ticket office by email at:
hersheyboxoffice@hersheypa.com
CLASSIFICATIONS
Q: What is going to happen with the Competition Formula for basketball?
A: The Competition Formula for basketball will be in effect. PIAA will use results from
2019 Championships in addition to results through the 2020 Quarter-finals
Championship games to determine which teams have accumulated six points over the
two-year cycle. Additionally, those teams identified will be required to confirm athletic
transfers they received based on data they supplied to PIAA.

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