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Football on hold at State College

From Mirror reports

The State College Area School District voted 7-2 in favor of starting competition in contact sports, including high school football, however the Little Lions might not be taking the field for a game any time soon.

The board broke its fall sports into two categories, contact sports and non-contact sports. Football, field hockey, soccer and volleyball were included within contact sports, and golf, tennis and cross country were classified as non-contact sports.

Non-contact sports are allowed to compete when the school is learning in-person and fully remote, however contact sports may not compete when the district is fully remote district wide as it currently is as of Friday.

Until students return to school, all contact sports, including football, will not be held.

“They are considered contact sports within our plan,” State College athletic director Chris Weakland said. “They would not be able to begin to start competing until we are learning in-person at this time.”

Student athletes who participate in contact sports, if they begin, must continue to learn remotely if the school does return to in-person classes and continue doing so at least 14 days after their final competition.

Sports like golf and tennis can begin immediately. Sectional play for District 6 Class 3A golf, which includes State College, will be held Thursday at Sinking Valley Country Club. Cross Country competitions can not begin until Sept. 25 due to Mid-Penn Conference regulations.

“We actually had a retroactive approval to begin golf last Wednesday, so we have actually already competed on Wednesday,” Weakland said. “We have been on contact with the District 6 office about making sure that our individuals and teams will have eligibility for postseason as well. We’re working through that.”

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