Catholic League to start sports

Judge senior Pat McShea will start both ways for Judge this year. CONTRIBUTED

They’re going to play after all.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Friday the 17 schools may resume athletic competition if they follow health and safety guidelines.

The diocese said in August it would opt out of sports for the fall, but things have changed.

“Since the late August announcement, our school administrators have worked closely with senior leadership from the Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future to meticulously study pandemic metrics, guidelines and school COVID profiles as part of our continuous assessment process. After carefully reviewing all possible factors, including the successful opening of our schools, we believe the environment has changed for the better over the past month,” said Sister Maureen L. McDermott, IHM, superintendent of secondary schools.

“We understand and value the importance of athletics as part of the program of formation within our high schools. We express our gratitude to our school communities for their trust and support while we appropriately deliberated how to bring back athletic programs with a commitment to safety in these unprecedented times.”

Local high schools that will be allowed to participate are Archbishop Ryan, Father Judge, Little Flower and St. Hubert.

Nazareth Academy, which plays in the Catholic Academies League, was already playing.

The Public League remains sidelined until 2021.