No High School Sports For Philadelphia Public League Until 2021
On Monday, the Philadelphia Public League announced that there would be no high school sports competitions until January 2021 amid safety concerns related to COVID-19. The announcement came in accordance with Pennsylvania Governor Wolf's recommendation and the state's department of health and education. The announcement came via email from the district's athletic director, James Lynch. "I know this decision is hard for everyone", Lynch stated, adding, "especially for our student-athletes and I want you all to know this was not taken lightly." Sports affected by the district's decision include football, field hockey, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country, tennis, and volleyball. Lynch went on to say that the district is focusing on the "immediate future" and looking to develop a virtual program that will be able to engage all student athletes especially in dealing with NCAA eligibility. Lynch also said that the district is working with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to come up with an alternate schedule for fall sports in 2021.