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WIAA Executive Board revises ‘Season 1’ sports in response to state guidelines

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 6, 2021

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The WIAA Executive Board voted to amend its season schedule on Wednesday, moving traditional fall sports to WIAA Season 1 while choosing to review Seasons 2 and 3 at its Jan. 19 meeting.

WIAA Season 1 will span seven weeks in length, beginning with practices on Feb. 1 and ending on March 20.

The sports scheduled for that season include cross country, football, golf (alternate), slowpitch softball, girls and 2B/1B boys soccer, tennis (alternate) and volleyball.

The change comes after Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday the “Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery” plan which 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,” WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman said.

“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 state Department of Health to gain more clarity surrounding the guidelines that were issued Tuesday.

“We are hoping to receive more details that were not included in the governor’s announcement on Tuesday, particularly surrounding indoor sports and activities,” Hoffman said. “As we continue to gather more information and evaluate the new metrics, the board will be able to make better decisions about the remainder of the year.”

In addition to changing the sports scheduled for WIAA Season 1, the board voted 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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