For over 100 years, the main role of the PIAA has been to provide opportunities for students to participate in interscholastic athletics in an environment that fosters sportsmanship, fair play and social, emotional and academic growth.
The District IV Committee subscribes to that philosophy and is dedicated to ensuring that all students are able to enjoy the many benefits of participating in athletic programs on a fair and equitable basis. Our goal is to provide uniform standards through the policies and regulations adopted by PIAA and District IV.
The opportunity for boys and girls to represent their school and community as they participate in interscholastic activities is a privilege not afforded to persons in most countries. Why? Because educators across the USA believe that participation in interscholastic activities, whether as an outstanding athlete, a starter, a back-up, or someone who never actually gets into a Contest, builds character traits and interpersonal skills difficult to duplicate in other settings.
What is PIAA?
PIAA is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation organized on a membership basis. All of its members are schools. They include almost all of the public and many of the private junior high/middle schools and senior high schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Generally stated, the purpose and function of PIAA is to develop and enforce rules, which are authorized or adopted by the member schools, regulating interscholastic athletic competition.
PIAA was formed in Pittsburgh, on December 29, 1913, by a group of high school Principals who desired to eliminate abuses, establish uniform rules, and place interscholastic athletics in the overall context of secondary education.
PIAA believes that the student-athlete is best served by a system which emphasizes the amateur, educational, and character-building aspects of high school sports and which recognizes that athletics is not the driving force. The students are in school primarily to obtain an education.
Who Makes Up PIAA?
The membership of PIAA consists of approximately 1,420 schools, divided almost equally between senior high school and junior high/middle schools. Of that membership, approximately 195 are private schools. Nearly 350,000 students participate in interscholastic athletics at all levels (varsity, junior varsity, or otherwise) of competition under PIAA jurisdiction each year.
PIAA is divided for administrative purposes into 12 geographic districts, each of which has a District Committee elected by the member schools within the district. Each District Committee elects a chairman, who becomes the district's representative on the Board of Directors, which is the statewide governing body of the organization.