Fall High School Sports Delayed – UPDATED

Updated News Release from the WIAA:

The WIAA Executive Board took action on July 7th, 2020 to push back the start date for fall sports.  The action was taken in an attempt to relieve pressure on member schools as they prepare for the opening of schools to in-person and/or online learning.  The current dates to commence fall sports practices are September 5th for football and September 7th for all other sports.  These starting dates (Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend) allow for contests to begin as early as September 18th.

On July 21st, the Executive Board will review other options for fall sports should further delays become necessary, with an announcement to be made on July 22nd.  In the interim, a planning committee made up of Executive Board members, WIAA staff, and representatives from WIAA member schools will review possible options and make recommendations.

The Executive Board recognizes this recent action creates many questions, and it will work to provide answers on July 22nd.  In the interim, we suggest schools avoid any rescheduling of games in Arbiter until a decision is made on how the delayed start impacts the fall season.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has delayed the start of the fall season of high school sports until September 5th for football and September 7th for other sports.

The WIAA Executive Board took this action during its July 7th meeting. A news release says the Board will continue to work with staff, member schools and state agencies to monitor the impact of COVID-19. The Board plans to make its next statement concerning the start of fall sports on July 22nd following its next scheduled meeting on July 21st. In the interim, a committee of Board members, staff, and select WIAA stakeholders will work to create a fall schedule with the adjusted start dates.

Football was supposed to start on August 19th. The Eli Sports Network says the football date is tentative since the State Health Department and Governor’s office have yet to include football in any phase of the Governor’s re-opening plan.

Other Fall sports include Girls’ Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls’ Swimming and Diving, and Boys’ Tennis. The sports with the best chance of happening this Fall are Tennis and Cross Country. Some possible changes included singles only for tennis and staggered starts for cross country. Other scenario that have been discussed are playing sports out of season such as playing some more socially distance spring sports in the fall or playing shortened schedules.

Again, no final decision has been made with more information expected later this month.