The WIAA Executive Board voted to amend its season schedule on Jan. 6, moving traditional fall sports to WIAA Season 1 while choosing to review Seasons 2 and 3 at the scheduled Jan. 19 meeting.
WIAA Season 1 will span seven weeks in length, beginning with pre-competition practices on Feb. 1 and ending on March 20. The sports scheduled for that season includes cross country, football, golf (alternate), slowpitch softball, girls and 1B/2B boys soccer, tennis (alternate) and volleyball.
The WIAA board moved its meeting from Jan 5. to Jan. 6 in anticipation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that came out on Jan. 5. The announcement outlined a new set of guidelines and metrics for the resumption of education-based athletics and activities in Washington. Sports will maintain their previously assigned risk levels; however, the level of participation for each activity will vary in Phase 1 or Phase 2.
“The change in guidelines allow all traditional fall sports to be played in Phase 2 while we still do not have a clear pathway to the high risk indoor activities of basketball, competitive cheer and dance, and wrestling” said WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman. “With that in mind, moving fall sports to Season 1 will hopefully provide the most opportunities to participate.”
While the Executive Board will provide a uniform season schedule concluding in regional culminating events, it has granted each WIAA league or district around the state the ability to reschedule seasons to best fit their local communities.
WIAA staff will continue to work with the Department of Health to gain more clarity surrounding the guidelines that were issued on Jan. 5.
The WIAA Executive Board also voted at the meeting to extend the open coaching period at each school up until the day before the first season begins at that school.
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