PIAA FAQ For Student-Athletes & Families

On Monday, April 20, 2020 the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) released a Frequently asked questions document for student-athletes. Please review questions and answers below:


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. 


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.


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."


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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?

Transfers will not have to sit out again next spring season. This season will count as their period of ineligibility.


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 


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.