The North Central Region High School Athletic Directors of Washington have come to a tentative agreement to work towards maximizing opportunities for student-athletes.
A Jan. 13 press release stated that the schools involved, which include three WIAA Districts and seven athletic leagues, have elected to seek this regional opportunity to schedule interscholastic athletic competitions across classifications this school year.
The release cited that the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery clarified that counties would be lumped by Region to gauge phasing and that school sponsored Education Based Athletic contests will be allowed to start when a DOH recognized region is in Phase 2. Metrics will be evaluated weekly and will dictate whether teams within that region can play contests or not, and what the following week’s practice limitations may be as well. Not all schools carry teams in each of the sports either.
Details are still being organized regarding how they will balance competitive teams and the large region that spans from the Canadian border to the southernmost tip at the Vernita bridge in Mattawa.
According to the release, pending metrics, seasons have been tentatively set as follows:
Fall: Cross Country, Football, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim and Dive, Volleyball and Girls Slowpitch Softball (TBD).
First practice: Feb. 22 (Feb. 16 for football)
First competitions: Feb. 27 (Mar. 4 for football)
Season end: April 3, 2021
Spring: Baseball, Boys Soccer, Girls Fastpitch Softball, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field
First practice: April 5
First competitions: April 10
Season end: May 15
Winter: Basketball, Girls Bowling, Cheer, Dance & Drill, Boys Swim & Dive, Wrestling)
First practice: May 17
First competitions: May 22
Season end June: 19
The schools included in the release are Eastmont, Moses Lake and Wenatchee in 4A; Ephrata in 2A; Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan, Omak, Quincy, Royal and Wahluke in 1A; Brewster, Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt, Liberty Bell, Manson, Okanogan, Oroville, Tonasket and Warden in 2B; Almira-Coulee-Hartline, Cascade Christian, Entiat, Moses Lake Christian, Pateros, Soap Lake, Waterville-Mansfield and Wilson Creek in 1B.