WIAA votes to delay fall sports season

High risk sports set to begin on September 7, lower risk sports starting on August 17.
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 11:54 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2020 at 1:13 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The WIAA voted late Thursday morning to delay the fall sports season by several weeks.

“Ended up not canceling fall sports but delaying their start a little bit to allow school leaders to have a little bit more time to plan and prepare for the opening of their school year,” WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson said.

The 8-3 vote came after nearly three hours of discussion. The members voted to delay practices to start for football, volleyball, and soccer until September 7th. Lower risk sports like golf, cross country, tennis, and swimming will start practice on August 17th.

The WIAA also took schools that are in counties that are currently locked down into consideration, giving them a second chance to participate in the spring.

“Embraced the idea of the second-semester opportunity proposed by the southwest Wisconsin superintendents,” Anderson added.

Right now a large question mark for the season is the state championships. If teams are unable to travel by the end of the season, the tournament will become regional.

“If we can do a state championship, we absolutely want to. But if we can’t, let’s maximize the number of games, and maybe a culminating event something like a district or regional championship this year,” Anderson explained,

The WIAA is hoping that parents and players will help to do their part in fighting COVID-19, by wearing masks at home.

“I’m in the age of risk if I have to wear a mask to hand out a medal or a trophy or a congratulatory elbow bump or something man I want to be able to do that,” Anderson said.

Hoping to get kids back into the sports they love, in the safest way possible.

“We will do all that we can to provide these opportunities, but in the same token, we need to be understanding and supportive of all of the other efforts of school leaders to get kids back and get them safe, keep faculty safe, and trying to do things in the right way,” Anderson stated.

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