Coaches react as PIAA announces at minimum two-week postseason delay

By Josh Verlin & Kevin Cooney

The 2020 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) basketball tournament is officially on hold. 

Due to continually-expanding concerns over the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, officials in the PIAA announced Thursday afternoon that it was suspending the tournament for “minimally a two week period [sic],” at which point it would re-evaluate the situation.

Reached by email, a PIAA official said that the decision for teams to keep practicing rests with individual school district policies. 

In a release, the PIAA said it “believes this action will allow schools time to perform self-assessments and make decisions to promote optimal health conditions in their communities.”

It added that “additional direction to competing schools will be provided over the coming days in consultation with school administrators, local,state health and governmental authorities.”

The decision comes as the teams remaining in the Class 1A, 4A and 5A state brackets were preparing to play quarterfinal games Friday night, with the Class 2A, 3A and 6A participants going Saturday.

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