Board pushes back Wisconsin fall sports
The body that oversees Wisconsin high school sports is recommending schools conduct fall sports but delay start dates in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control held a special meeting to consider options for fall sports.
A motion passed during the Thursday, July 23, morning meeting to have two start dates for fall sports for the 2020-2021 school year.
Sports considered to be low risk, such as golf, swim and cross country would begin on August 17.
Sports considered to be high risk, such as football, soccer and volleyball would begin on the week of September 7.
Schools that are unable to participate in the fall will have the opportunity to move their fall sports to another period during the 2020-2021 school year. The details of this plan are coming at a later date.
The motion passed through the Board of Control on an 8-3 vote.
In the meeting, the WIAA board of Control stressed the importance of getting kids back into activities over having state championships for those sports. The idea of “regional” championships was also suggested.
There was amendment to have the higher risk sports start on August 24th, but that failed by a 9-2 vote.