WELLSBORO — Although no vote was taken, the Wellsboro Area School District did hear of a proposal to delay the start of athletic seasons for some sports at the Aug. 4 work session.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association offered three options for fall sports: all sports start at the normal time, delay the start of the calendar year by a month, or start three sports — cross country, golf and girls tennis — and delaying the start for football, soccer and volleyball by a month.
After several discussions with coaches, most indicated support for the third option, said Superintendent Dr. Brenda Freeman. Neighboring districts are also leaning in the same direction.
The delay for the contact sports will cause a shortened season, probably only with Northern Tier League teams, said Freeman. School teams would not play against non-league teams, some of which come from COVID-19 hot spots, she said.
“The delay gives a little bit of peace,” said Freeman. “It gives PIAA time and it gives districts time to see what schools are choosing and realigning the sports competition.”
Director Linda West asked the board to consider starting all seasons at the traditional start, noting that several athletes are playing on travel teams and there have been no outbreaks.
Elementary Principal Steve Adams said the board can wait until the Aug. 11 meeting to see if more information comes from the NTL or PIAA.