Sports at every level are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with now the Philadelphia Catholic league delaying its fall start dates.
While many schools are currently debating between an online-only or a hybrid style program, it appears that sports will have to wait a little longer than normal to get going again. The league’s board of governors has approved a schedule that has football teams beginning acclimatization on Aug. 31 and opening contests the weekend of Sept. 18-19.
In addition to football, teams, and student-athletes competing in golf, girls’ tennis, soccer, field hockey, girls’ volleyball, and cross country will begin practice Sept. 14 and open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 2-3.
This is in keeping with what the PIAA is doing, as well as the Inter-Ac. The Pioneer Atheltic Conference has yet to make a decision with regards to how they’ll operate their fall season.
Archbishop Ryan principal Joseph McFadden, chair of the league’s board of governors said that “The PCL is committed to a safe return to competition, but the safety and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches and athletic staffs is the primary focus,”.
Hopefully, the PCL gets to get in as much of their season as possible. We’re rooting for all the kids, even those stinking freshmen.