Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association

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Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association
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Abbreviation PIAA
Formation December 29, 1913
Type Volunteer; NPO
Legal status Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 550 Gettysburg Rd.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Region served
Pennsylvania
Membership
1,452 schools
Official language
English
Executive Director
Robert Lombardi
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Staff
13
Website piaa.org
Remarks (717) 697-0374

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) is one of the governing bodies of high school and junior high school sports for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States.

The PIAA main office is located in the Harrisburg suburb of Mechanicsburg.

History[edit]

The old PIAA logo

Beginning in Pittsburgh, on December 29, 1913, the PIAA was charged with serving its member schools and registered officials by establishing policies and adopting contest rules that emphasize the educational values of interscholastic athletics, promote safe and sportsmanlike competition, and provide uniform standards for all interscholastic levels of competition.

As a result of the cooperative efforts of its membership, PIAA has assisted intermediate school, middle school, junior high school, and senior high school students in participating in interscholastic athletic programs on a fair and equitable basis, thus producing important education benefits.

Districts[edit]

The PIAA divides its member schools' counties into 12 geographical districts for the purpose of state championship competition. The following list is the district breakdown by county.

While this is a general outline of the districts, there are some notable exceptions:

East vs. West[edit]

Traditionally for state championship competition for team sports, Pennsylvania is divided into Eastern and Western regions. Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, and 12 usually make up the Eastern Region; Districts 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 usually comprise the Western Region. The winners of each region compete against each other for the state championship. However, since the creation of District 12 with the admission of the Philadelphia Public Schools into the PIAA, the East vs. West format has been abandoned for some sports in certain classifications, particularly at the Class AAAA level where there are more large schools in the East. For example, in PIAA football, District 3 schools compete in the early rounds of the state playoffs against Philadelphia schools in some classes, and against Pittsburgh schools in others.

Sports[edit]

The PIAA sponsors 16 boys' sports and 16 girls' sports. However, the PIAA only sponsors state championships for 12 boys' sports and 11 girls' sports. The following is a list of PIAA sponsored sports championships.

There are Pennsylvania schools that offer sports not fully sponsored by the PIAA such as gymnastics, ice hockey, bowling, rifle, water polo and other Olympic sports. These sports are governed by other sport specific bodies that use similar PIAA rules for classification and eligibility, but are not officially recognized as state champions by the PIAA. The PIAA took over jurisdiction of both boys' and girls' lacrosse in July 2008.

School classifications[edit]

Every two years, the PIAA divides the member schools into two to six different classifications for each sport, depending on the number of male or female students enrolled in each school.

The number of statewide member schools participating in a particular sport will determine how many different classifications there will be. For example, boys' volleyball, the sport with the smallest number of participating schools, only has a AA or AAA classification. By comparison, boys' basketball, which has the largest number of participating schools, has A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA, AAAAAA classifications. The number of A's signify how large or small the school is; Class A is the smallest classification while AAAAAA is the largest. The PIAA tries to place an equal number of schools in each classification.

Football Enrollment Requirements[edit]

Total Male Enrollment (grades 9-11) Average Total 9-12 Enrollment Classification Number of Sr. High Schools
1-140 1-375 A 90
141-200 376-535 AA 96
201-282 536-752 AAA 96
283-397 753-1,060 AAAA 89
398-563 1,061-1,503 AAAAA 103
564 and above 1,504 and above AAAAAA 96

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School Classifications for Football[edit]

District: Counties (Number of total participating schools in region) A AA AAA AAAA AAAAA AAAAAA
District 1: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery (73 schools) 3 2 3 6 26 33
District 2: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming (36 schools) 4 7 8 11 3 3
District 3: Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York (92 schools) 4 7 15 21 29 16
District 4: Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union (33 schools) 6 12 7 7 -- 1
District 5: Bedford, Fulton and Somerset (12 schools) 7 3 1 1 -- --
District 6: Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Indiana and Mifflin (47 schools) 19 12 9 2 2 3
District 7: Allegheny (excluding City of Pittsburgh), Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland (119 schools) 23 24 23 18 18 13
District 8: Pittsburgh Public Schools (6 schools) -- 1 1 2 1 1
District 9: Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter (24 schools) 13 5 3 3 -- --
District 10: Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren (41 schools) 6 13 9 2 10 1
District 11: Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill (46 schools) 5 6 11 7 4 13
District 12: Philadelphia Catholic League and the Public League (41 schools) -- 4 6 9 10 12
All Districts (570 schools) 90 96 96 89 103 96

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Because the PIAA determines classifications separately for each sex in each sport, it is possible that a coeducational school may find its boys' and girls' teams in different classes in the same sport. Smaller schools can choose to compete at a higher classification—possible reasons are to maintain existing rivalries, or in rare cases to place their boys' and girls' teams in the same class—but larger schools can not choose to compete at a lower classification level. For purposes of all-star games and awards, the A and AA classes are referred to as small schools, AAA and AAAA are referred to as mid-sized schools, while AAAAA and AAAAAA referred as large schools. In 2016, there was a change, splitting the football tournament into six classifications, instead of the previous four. The PIAA made the decision to expand to six classes in Football, as well as Boys & Girls basketball, baseball and softball. Increasing to four classes is Boys & Girls Soccer, Girls volleyball. Field Hockey is expanded to three classes, and Boys & Girls Lacrosse to two. Football started using these classes with the 2016 season.[3]

Hershey, Pennsylvania[edit]

While some sports' championship games have been held at various venues and cities across the state, no city is more associated with the PIAA than Hershey. Hershey's proximity to Harrisburg, as well as easy highway access via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstates 81 and 83 for teams from across the state makes it an ideal location for the games. Hersheypark Stadium hosts the football, soccer, and lacrosse championships; the Parkview Cross Country Course, located across the street from Hershey Park and Chocolate World, hosts the cross country championships.[4] The Giant Center hosts the basketball, wrestling,and competitive spirit championships. The Hershey Racquet Club hosts the tennis championships.

In 2006, the PIAA announced that they had refused Hershey's application for a contract extension to host the basketball championships at Giant Center. Starting for the 2006–2007 season, the eight championship games will be played at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. The PIAA cited monetary reasons for the move. As of 2014 they had returned to the Giant Center.

Even the non-PIAA sport of ice hockey hosted the 2005 Pennsylvania Cup championship at the historic Hersheypark Arena. The PIAA football championships have been contested since 1988, with the first games being held at various sites across the state. In 1992, the games were moved to Altoona's Mansion Park, in part because playing four games in two days would not affect the artificial turf playing surface on the field. The football championships were moved to Hershey in 1998 to add to the tradition of PIAA championship competition near the state capital.

State College hosts the baseball and softball championships at Pennsylvania State University.[5] Altoona previously hosted the baseball championships at Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve of the Class AA Eastern League. The track and field championships are contested at Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University, 40 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

Championship sites[edit]

Fall[edit]

Sport Facility Location Gender(s) Classifications
Cross Country Parkview Cross Country Course Hershey Boys & Girls A, AA, AAA
Field Hockey Whitehall High School Whitehall Girls AA, AAA
Football Hersheypark Stadium Hershey Boys A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA, AAAAAA
Golf Heritage Hills Golf Resort York Boys & Girls AA, AAA
Soccer Hersheypark Stadium Hershey Boys & Girls A, AA, AAA
Tennis Hershey Racquet Club Hershey Girls AA, AAA
Volleyball Richland Senior High School Richland Girls A, AA, AAA

Winter[edit]

Sport Facility Location Gender(s) Classifications
Basketball Giant Center Hershey Boys & Girls A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA, AAAAAA
Competitive Spirit Giant Center Hershey Boys & Girls Small, Medium, Large, Coed
Swimming & Diving Kinney Natatorium Lewisburg Boys & Girls AA, AAA
Wrestling Giant Center Hershey Boys AA, AAA

Spring[edit]

Sport Facility Location Gender(s) Classifications
Baseball Medlar Field at Lubrano Park State College Boys A, AA, AAA, AAAA
Lacrosse Hersheypark Stadium Hershey Boys & Girls
Softball Nittany Lion Softball Park State College Girls A, AA, AAA, AAAA
Tennis Hershey Racquet Club Hershey Boys AA, AAA
Track & Field Seth Grove Stadium Shippensburg Boys & Girls AA, AAA
Volleyball Recreation Building State College Boys AA, AAA

Recent champions[edit]

Football[edit]

Further information:PIAA Football

Class AAAAAA

Class AAAAA

Class AAAA

  • 2016: Cathedral Prep (District 10) over Imhotep Charter (District 12) 27-20
  • 2015: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (District 7) over Parkland (District 11) 21-18
  • 2014: Saint Joseph's Prep (District 12) over Pine-Richland (District 7) 49-41
  • 2013: Saint Joseph's Prep (District 12) over Pittsburgh Central Catholic (District 7) 35-10
  • 2012: North Allegheny (District 7) over Coatesville (District 1) 63-28
  • 2011: Central Dauphin (District 3) over North Penn (District 1) 14-7
  • 2010: North Allegheny (District 7) over La Salle College (District 12) 21-0
  • 2009: La Salle College (District 12) over State College (District 6) 24-7
  • 2008: Liberty (District 11) over Bethel Park (District 7) 28-21 (OT)
  • 2007: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (District 7) over Parkland (District 11) 35-21
  • 2006: Upper St. Clair (District 7) over Liberty (District 11) 47-13
  • 2005: McKeesport (District 7) over Liberty (District 11) 49-10
  • 2004: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (District 7) over Neshaminy (District 1) 49-14
  • 2003: North Penn (District 1) over Pittsburgh Central Catholic (District 7) 37-10
  • 2002: Parkland (District 11) over Woodland Hills (District 7) 34-12
  • 2001: Neshaminy (District 1) over Woodland Hills (District 7) 21-7
  • 2000: Cathedral Prep (District 10) over Central Bucks West (District 1) 41-35 (OT)
  • 1999: Central Bucks West (District 1) over Cathedral Prep (District 10) 14-13
  • 1998: Central Bucks West (District 1) over New Castle (District 7) 56-7
  • 1997: Central Bucks West (District 1) over Upper St. Clair (District 7) 44-20
  • 1996: Downingtown (District 1) over Woodland Hills (District 7) 49-14
  • 1995: Penn Hills (District 7) over Lower Dauphin (District 3) 35-14
  • 1994: McKeesport (District 7) over Downingtown (District 1) 17-14
  • 1993: North Hills (District 7) over Central Bucks West (District 1) 15-14
  • 1992: Cumberland Valley (District 3) over Upper St. Clair (District 7) 28-12
  • 1991: Central Bucks West (District 1) over Cathedral Prep (District 10) 26-14
  • 1990: North Allegheny (District 7) over Ridley (District 1) 21-14
  • 1989: Upper St. Clair (District 7) over Wilson (District 3) 12-7
  • 1988: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (District 7) over Cedar Cliff (District 3) 14-7

Class AAA

  • 2016: Beaver Falls (District 7) over Middletown (District 3) 30-13
  • 2015: Imhotep Charter (District 12) over Cathedral Prep (District 10) 40-3
  • 2014: Archbishop Wood (District 12) over Central Valley (District 7) 33-14
  • 2013: Archbishop Wood (District 12) over Bishop McDevitt (District 3) 22-10
  • 2012: Cathedral Prep (District 10) over Archbishop Wood (District 12) 24-14
  • 2011: Archbishop Wood (District 12) over Bishop McDevitt (District 3) 52-0
  • 2010: Allentown Central Catholic (District 11) over Bishop McDevitt (District 3) 28-27
  • 2009: Selinsgrove (District 4) over Manheim Central (District 3) 10-7
  • 2008: Thomas Jefferson (District 7) over Archbishop Wood (District 12) 34-7
  • 2007: Thomas Jefferson (District 7) over Garnet Valley (District 1) 28-3
  • 2006: General McLane (District 10) over Pottsville (District 11) 28-23
  • 2005: Franklin Regional (District 7) over Pottsville (District 11) 23-13
  • 2004: Thomas Jefferson (District 7) over Manheim Central (District 3) 56-20
  • 2003: Manheim Central (District 3) over Pine-Richland (District 7) 39-38 (2OT)
  • 2002: Hopewell (District 7) over Strath Haven (District 1) 21-10
  • 2001: West Allegheny (District 7) over Strath Haven (District 1) 28-13
  • 2000: Strath Haven (District 1) over West Allegheny (District 7) 31-28
  • 1999: Strath Haven (District 1) over West Allegheny (District 7) 21-7
  • 1998: Allentown Central Catholic (District 11) over Moon (District 7) 10-0
  • 1997: Berwick (District 2) over Perry Traditional Academy (District 8) 17-14
  • 1996: Berwick (District 2) over Blackhawk (District 7) 34-14
  • 1995: Berwick (District 2) over Sharon (District 10) 43-6
  • 1994: Berwick (District 2) over Sharon (District 10) 27-7
  • 1993: Allentown Central Catholic (District 11) over Blackhawk (District 7) 40-0
  • 1992: Berwick (District 2) over Blackhawk (District 7) 33-6
  • 1991: Strong Vincent (District 10) over Conestoga Valley (District 3) 29-20
  • 1990: Bethlehem Catholic (District 11) over Seton-La Salle (District 7) 43-7
  • 1989: Perry Traditional Academy (District 8) over Berwick (District 2) 20-8
  • 1988: Berwick (District 2) over Aliquippa (District 7) 13-0

Class AA

  • 2016: Steel Valley (District 7) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 49-7
  • 2015: Southern Columbia (District 4) over Aliquippa (District 7) 49-14
  • 2014: South Fayette (District 7) over Dunmore (District 2) 28-16
  • 2013: South Fayette (District 7) over Imhotep Charter (District 12) 41-0
  • 2012: Wyomissing Area (District 3) over Aliquippa (District 7) 17-14
  • 2011: Lancaster Catholic (District 3) over Tyrone (District 6) 17-7
  • 2010: West Catholic (District 12) over South Fayette (District 7) 50-14
  • 2009: Lancaster Catholic (District 3) over Greensburg Central Catholic (District 7) 21-14
  • 2008: Wilmington (District 10) over West Catholic (District 12) 35-34 (2OT)
  • 2007: Jeannette (District 7) over Dunmore (District 2) 49-21
  • 2006: Wilson Area (District 11) over Jeannette (District 7) 29-28
  • 2005: South Park (District 7) over Wilson Area (District 11) 28-17
  • 2004: Lansdale Catholic (District 1) Grove City (District 10) 40-17
  • 2003: Aliquippa (District 7) over Northern Lehigh (District 11) 32-27
  • 2002: Mount Carmel (District 4) over Seton-La Salle (District 7) 18-13
  • 2001: Washington (District 7) over Pen Argyl (District 11) 19-12
  • 2000: Mount Carmel (District 4) over Aliquippa (District 7) 26-6
  • 1999: Tyrone (District 6) over Mount Carmel (District 4) 13-6
  • 1998: Mount Carmel (District 4) over Shady Side Academy (District 7) 44-7
  • 1997: South Park (District 7) over South Williamsport (District 4) 20-0
  • 1996: Mount Carmel (District 4) over Tyrone (District 6) 25-6
  • 1995: Bishop McDevitt (District 3) over Burrell (District 7) 29-0
  • 1994: Mount Carmel (District 4) over Forest Hills (District 6) 20-14 (OT)
  • 1993: Dallas (District 2) over Washington (District 7) 31-7
  • 1992: Valley View (District 2) over East Allegheny (District 7) 21-13
  • 1991: Aliquippa (District 7) over Hanover Area (District 2) 27-0
  • 1990: Hanover Area (District 2) over Bishop Canevin (District 7) 20-19 (OT)
  • 1989: Hickory (District 10) over Montoursville (District 4) 30-22
  • 1988: Bethlehem Catholic (District 11) over Wilmington (District 10) 26-11

Class A

  • 2016: Bishop Guilfoyle (District 6) over Clairton (District 7) 17-0
  • 2015: Bishop Guilfoyle (District 6) over Farrell (District 10) 35-0
  • 2014: Bishop Guilfoyle (District 6) over Clairton (District 7) 19-18
  • 2013: North Catholic (District 7) over Old Forge (District 2) 15-14 (OT)
  • 2012: Clairton (District 7) over Dunmore (District 2) 20-0
  • 2011: Clairton (District 7) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 35-19
  • 2010: Clairton (District 7) over Riverside (District 2) 36-30
  • 2009: Clairton (District 7) over Bishop McCort (District 6) 15-3
  • 2008: Steelton-Highspire (District 3) over Clairton (District 7) 35-16
  • 2007: Steelton-Highspire (District 3) over Serra Catholic (District 7) 34-15
  • 2006: Southern Columbia (District 4) over West Middlesex (District 10) 56-14
  • 2005: Southern Columbia (District 4) over Duquesne (District 7) 50-19
  • 2004: Southern Columbia (District 4) over Rochester (District 7) 35-0
  • 2003: Southern Columbia (District 4) over Bishop Carroll (District 6) 49-20
  • 2002: Southern Columbia (District 4) over Rochester (District 7) 31-6
  • 2001: Rochester (District 7) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 16-0
  • 2000: Rochester (District 7) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 22-14
  • 1999: South Side (District 7) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 27-21
  • 1998: Rochester (District 7) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 18-0
  • 1997: Sharpsville (District 10) over Riverside (District 2) 10-7
  • 1996: Farrell (District 10) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 14-12
  • 1995: Farrell (District 10) over Southern Columbia (District 4) 6-0
  • 1994: Southern Columbia (District 4) over Western Beaver (District 7) 49-6
  • 1993: Duquesne (District 7) over South Williamsport (District 4) 24-21
  • 1992: Scotland School (District 3) over Smethport (District 9) 24-7
  • 1991: Schuylkill Haven (District 11) over Rochester (District 7) 28-18
  • 1990: Marian Catholic (District 11) over Farrell (District 10) 21-13
  • 1989: Dunmore (District 2) over Keystone (District 9) 57-18
  • 1988: Camp Hill (Division 3) over Cambridge Springs (District 10) 18-7

Boys' Basketball[edit]

Class AAAAAA

Class AAAAA

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

Class A

  • 2017: Kennedy Catholic (District 10) over Girard College (District 1) 73-56
  • 2016: Kennedy Catholic (District 10) over MCS Charter (District 12) 71-60
  • 2015: Constitution (District 12) over Farrell (District 10) 85-53
  • 2014: Lincoln Park Charter (District 7) over MCS Charter (District 12) 70-66
  • 2013: Vaux (District 12) over Johnsonburg (District 9) 83-63
  • 2012: Constitution (District 12) over Lincoln Park Charter (District 7) 68-46
  • 2011: MCS Charter (District 12) over Lincoln Park Charter (District 7) 70-55
  • 2010: Sewickley Academy (District 7) over Reading Central Catholic (District 3) 43-35
  • 2009: Girard College (District 1) over Kennedy Catholic (District 10) 80-70
  • 2008: Serra Catholic (District 7) over Friere Charter (District 12) 67-66
  • 2007: Reading Central Catholic (District 3) over DuBois Central Catholic (District 9) 58-33
  • 2006: Elk County Catholic (District 9) over Bishop Hannan (District 2) 71-61
  • 2005: Bishop O'Reilly (District 2) over Kennedy Catholic (District 10) 65-61
  • 2004: Bishop O'Reilly (District 2) over Sewickley Academy (District 7) 70-54
  • 2003: Scotland School (District 3) over Union Area (District 7) 80-59
  • 2002: Scotland School (District 3) over Kennedy Catholic (District 10) 69-50
  • 2001: Kennedy Christian (District 10) over Fairfield (District 3) 87-45
  • 2000: Kennedy Christian (District 10) over Bishop Hannan (District 2) 64-57 (OT)

Girls' Basketball[edit]

Class AAAAAA

Class AAAAA

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

  • 2017: Minersville (District 11) over Bishop McCort (District 6) 63-49
  • 2016: Neumann-Goretti (District 12) over North Star (District 5) 65-28
  • 2015: Neumann-Goretti (District 12) over Seton-La Salle (District 7) 79-34
  • 2014: Seton-La Salle (District 7) over Neumann-Goretti (District 12) 58-50
  • 2013: Bishop Canevin (District 7) over York Catholic (District 3) 45-38
  • 2012: Seton-La Salle (District 7) over York Catholic (District 3) 71-47
  • 2011: Villa Maria (District 10) over Dunmore (District 2) 62-39
  • 2010: Villa Maria (District 10) over York Catholic (District 3) 52-44
  • 2009: Villa Maria (District 10) over York Catholic (District 3) 56-51

Class A

See also[edit]

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