MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – The PIAA denied an initial appeal from Farrell to remain in Class 1A in football for the upcoming two-year playing cycle.
The Steelers won state championships in 2018 and 2019 in Class 1A and were bumped up to Class 2A in the most recent two-year cycle based on the PIAA’s competition formula despite having 1A enrollment numbers (Total of 74. The cutoff for Class 1A is 123). The PIAA reclassifies every sport every two years with the start of the next cycle being the 2022-23 school year.
The Steelers won the D10 Class 2A title this past season and advanced to the PIAA semifinals before falling to Serra Catholic.
But the appeals process isn’t over.
According to Farrell Athletic Director and head football coach Amp Pegues, the Steelers will take the next step and challenge the transfers that put them over the competition formula points threshold. That appeal will be heard before the PIAA board of directors.
Success points accumulate over two years. Teams receive one point for reaching their district championship, two points for playing in a state quarterfinal, three points for playing in a state semifinal, and four points for reaching the state championship.
If a team has six points over a two-year span, it is under consideration to move up a classification. Six or more points plus three or more athletic transfers result in a move up in classification.
“The students that are identified are not considered transfers but ‘potential transfers’ which the school can review and provide documentation proving that they are not transfers,” PIAA Assistant Executive Director Jennifer Grassel told D9and10Sports in an e-mail in early January.
Grassel said the PIAA identifies what it believes are “potential transfers” by looking at the eligibility lists turned in each year by the schools.
“We look at the eligibility lists from 2019 to 2020 and see if there are any changes/new names that are 10th graders and above,” Grassel said. “If there are changes, we identify them as ‘potential transfers’. We do the same from 2020 to 2021 and identify any changes/new names.
“Unfortunately, we do not have information on each individual student as to when they started school within their school district.”