WIAA affirms fall sports timeline, adds spring optionsSubmitted: 08/14/2020
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association finalized a plan for the 2020-'21 high school sports season at their August board of control meeting Friday.

The board kept in place the fall dates that were agreed upon at the last meeting, with low-risk sports starting practice Aug. 17 and high-risk sports starting Sept. 7. However, the WIAA also instituted options for schools that wanted to play fall sports in the spring instead.

This alternate season would be anywhere from eight to nine weeks and would last anywhere from Feb. 22 to May 17, depending on the sport.

Any schools that plan to play football in the spring would move to a seven-game, regular season-only schedule.

Teams that complete more than 50 percent of their season for a given sport in the fall will not be eligible to play in the spring. The deadline for schools to decide on playing fall sports, moving to spring or playing a blended schedule is Sept. 1.

So far, no schools in north-central Wisconsin have announced their intention to play in spring.

Football will play a seven-week regular season, with two weeks left at the end for some kind of playoff or other culminating event. Other sports will play a season between five and nine weeks with a similar two-week buffer left at the end.

Decisions about whether or not each sport will have a tournament are to be made one month before the end of the regular season.

Winter and spring sports will both see condensed schedules, although the total allowed number of games remains the same. Winter sports start the week of Nov. 16, while spring sports begin the week of April 5, 2021.

All changes, schedule and otherwise, are subject to state DHS guidance as well as the guidance of local health departments.

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