The WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) has released more information on high school sports for the 2020-2021 school year. At it’s Tuesday, July 28th meeting, the WIAA Executive Board continued its planning for the upcoming school year and took action on a number of items regarding the scheduling of sports and activities. This includes seven-week competition schedule, February 17th as the date for football practices to begin, and girls’ swimming and diving being moved from season 1 to season 3.
After announcing four sports seasons on July 21st, the Board continued to receive feedback from member schools as well as the planning committee assembled to provide guidance on the best path for returning to high school sports in Washington. The Board took actions and created a detailed calendar for each sport as a planning resource for member school. However, the dates are tentative given the ongoing developments of COVID-19.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved boys and girls cross country and slowpitch softball as alternate seasons in WIAA Season 1
The WIAA traditionally offers alternate seasons for golf and tennis in the fall as an option for schools that would like to take part in a regular season prior to a WIAA State Championship in the spring. The Executive Board took action to create alternate seasons for cross country and slowpitch softball this season, which will now have culminating events at the conclusion of WIAA Season 3.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved the move of girls swimming and diving to WIAA Season 3
Upon further guidance from health officials and administrators that participation in swimming and diving during the fall season seemed unlikely, the Board opted to move the sport.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved 2021 football season will begin with practices starting on February 17
Due to the increased number of required practices before participating in the first competition, the WIAA Executive Board approved this date so football teams can play games the same week as other Season 3 sports.
Action Item: WIAA Season 2 will begin with pre-competition practices starting December 28
The Executive Board approved shifting WIAA Season 2 to begin and end one week earlier than previously outlined in an effort to avoid overlap of students participating in both WIAA Seasons 2 and 3.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved an out-of-season period from August 17-September 27 and an out-of-season coaching period from September 28-November 30.
The Executive Board instituted an out-of-season coaching window during the fall for all sports that do not take place in WIAA Season 1. The window will mimic the traditional summer coaching window sanctioned by the WIAA. Football will be allowed 20 days of contact practices during the allowable coaching period in the fall. No coaching will be allowed from August 17- September 27.
Action Item: Schools will be allowed to schedule 70% of typical allowable contests for each sport in all seasons.
The Executive Board acted on the number of allowable contests in a season to mirror the amount by which the season was shortened.
Action Item: Competitive Cheer will be moved to Season 3
Upon the request of administrators in the sport, the Executive Board approved the move for competitive cheer leading from Season 2 to Season 3.