High School Sports

WIAA Executive Board reschedules meeting to Wednesday

And the wait continues.

The Executive Board of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association had planned to meet Monday evening and announce Tuesday morning its plans for return-to-play guidelines for the 2020-21 athletic calendar.

That meeting was pushed back 48 hours as the WIAA hopes to receive new guidance from the state, the WIAA announced Monday.

“The WIAA Executive Board has moved today’s meeting to Wednesday, Jan. 6 in anticipation of revised metrics and guidelines from the Governor’s Office and Washington State Department of Health regarding education-based athletics and activities,” the WIAA said in statement.

“The Executive Board is scheduled to review the current WIAA Season Schedules and plan for adjustments as necessary with the goal of providing opportunities for student-participants in every sport and activity based on the mandatory COVID-19 guidelines.

“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 schedule seasons that best fit their local communities.”

The current plan is to return to play with traditional winter sports (basketball, wrestling, etc.) with practices starting on Feb. 1 and competition starting on Feb. 8.

The executive board last met on Dec. 15 and decided to delay any decisions regarding revisions to the current athletic calendar to a meeting scheduled for Jan. 4 to provide a better window to make an informed decision.

On Dec. 16, Gov. Jay Inslee revised the guidelines for school districts to return to in-person learning for students. The WIAA has been in contact with the governor’s office to figure out how the new guidelines impact high school sports. By Wednesday, the WIAA expects to get those guidelines.

 

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