The executive board adjusted the state’s athletics through four seasons starting Sept. 7-June 26
The 2020-21 high school sports season will have a completely different look this fall.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board announced its season calendar in regard to the changes stemming from the coronavirus.
The changes created four WIAA-sanctioned seasons in the school year, moving moderate to high-risk sports — originally slated for the fall — to season three.
“Since March, the philosophy of our association has been to allow students every chance to participate,” WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman said. “We’ve asked our executive board and planning committees to be as creative as possible in allowing for those opportunities.”
Hoffman noted during an online press conference the dates are “definitely written in pencil.”
- Season one includes cross country, slowpitch softball, girls swimming and diving, alternating golf and tennis. Swimming is also subject to any mandates handed out by the Department of Health.
- Season two will be basketball, bowling, boys swimming and diving, gymnastics and wrestling.
- Season three will be volleyball, girls soccer, 1B/2B boys soccer and football
- Season four includes tennis, fastpitch, track and field, baseball, golf and boys soccer.
Season one begins September 7 with a two-week pre-practice schedule. All sports can begin after the first week (except football which begins after the second week). The season will conclude Nov. 8.
It was also agreed in order for Season one to be offered certain criteria needed to be met. The criteria will be determined by the executive board on July 28. If they are not met, season one sports will move to season three.
Season two begins with pre-practice January 4 until March 7, season three will be March 8-May 2, and season four April 26-June 27. The postseason schedule has not yet been determined.
The board and planning committees consisted of coaches, athletic directors, students, officials, local health professionals and state officials.