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PIAA District 10 outlines plans for fall playoffs

District 10 released its Return to Playoff plan for fall sports Thursday.

Generally, a smaller number of qualifiers and games are planned for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association postseason.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all playoff contests must conform to any restrictions ordered by the Governor’s Office, state Department of Health, state Department of Education and PIAA.

All games will be played at the home site of one of the teams in the game.

In team sports, four schools will qualify for the postseason where possible. If a team is the only school at a certain classification level in its region, it must have won at least 50 percent of its games in the region in order to qualify for the postseason.

Higher finishers in their respective regions will host in each round of the playoffs. If two teams from different regions both finished in the same spot of their respective standings, power rankings will be used to determine the home team.

In football, four teams will qualify for the 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A playoffs. Two teams will qualify at 6A. The Class 5A subregional will be between Districts 6, 8 and 10. The Class 6A subregional will be against District 8. For the finals, if a home school does not have a turf facility, it may secure one if possible. The PIAA Interdistrict date for Class 2A and 4A is Nov. 6-7. For Class 1A and 3A it’s Nov. 13-14.

In boys and girls soccer, the first PIAA Interdistrict date is Nov. 10.

There will be four qualifiers in Class 1A. For boys, three qualifiers will come from Region 1 and one will come from Region 3. For girls, two will qualify from Region 1, one from Region 3 and one from Region 4. There will possibly be an at-large team.

In Class 2A there will be four boys qualifiers and four girls qualifiers. Regions 2 and 4 will each get one boys qualifier while Region 3 will get two boys qualifiers. For girls, Regions 2, 3, 4 and 5 will each get a qualifier.

In Class 3A, there will be four boys qualifiers — two each from Regions 4 and 5 — and two girls qualifiers — both from Region 3. In Class 4A, a pair of qualifiers will both come from Region 5 for boys and girls.

The Class 3A subregionals will be between Districts 8, 9 and 10. The Class 4A subregionals will be against District 6.

Only the district champions in soccer will advance to the PIAA Championships.

For girls tennis, the first PIAA Interdistrict date is Nov. 2.

Each Class 3A team may enter three singles players and two doubles teams. Each Class 2A team may enter two singles players and two doubles teams. Singles players cannot participate in doubles competition. All of the matches will be played at Villa Maria in Erie.

For girls team tennis, the first PIAA Interdistrict date is Oct. 26. Class 2A will send one team from Region 1 and one team from Region 2. Class 3A will send two teams from Region 2. The matches will also be played at Villa Maria in Erie.

In girls volleyball, the first PIAA Interdistrict date is Nov. 10.

The four qualifiers from Class 1A will come from Regions 1, 3 and 6 if they qualify. There will either be one or two at-large entries based upon Region 6’s qualification.

In Class 2A, Regions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 will each send a team. In Class 3A, Regions 2, 4 and 7 will each send a team in addition to an at-large team. In Class 4A, both qualifiers will come from Region 7. The Class 4A subregional will be against District 10.

Only the district champion in volleyball will advance to the PIAA Championships.

The cross country District 10 meet will be at Titusville will the PIAA meet for Class 1A on Nov. 6 and the state meet for Classes 2A and 3A on Nov. 7.

In Class 1A, six girls teams will bring seven runners and 16 teams will bring three runners for a total of 90 runners. Also in Class 1A, six boys teams will bring seven runners and 14 teams will bring three runners for a total of 84 runners.

In Class 2A, six girls teams will bring seven runners and 12 teams will bring three runners for a total of 78 runners. Also in Class 2A, six boys teams will bring seven runners and 14 teams will bring three runners for a total of 84 runners.

The District 10 meet makeup for Class 3A has yet to be determined. Only the District 10 team champion plus five individual runners will qualify for the PIAA meet.

District 10 will hold its golf championships early next month at the Country Club of Meadville. The Class 2A Region 6 champion as well as two Class 3A teams in Region 6 will advance to the state tournament Oct. 26.

In Class 2A, four golfers from Region 1, five from Region 2, four from Region 3, four from Region 4 and four from Region 5 will compete for the District 10 individual title. The top-six finishers will advance to the state meet, which will be held Oct. 20 for individual golfers.

In Class 3A, seven golfers from Region 6 will participate in the District 10 tournament. Only the winner will advance to the Oct. 20 state meet.

All of the postseason plans are subject to change.

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