WIAA modifies 2020-2021 sports season calendar

VIDEO: WIAA shifts high school fall sports due to COVID

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has modified the 2020-2021 sports season calendar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the WIAA announced there will be four WIAA-sanctioned seasons.

“Since March, the philosophy of our Association has been to allow students every chance to participate,” said WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman. “We’ve asked our Executive Board and planning committees to be as creative as possible in allowing for those opportunities. These are tough and unprecedented decisions to make, but it has been inspiring to see so many people around the state come together to work on behalf of students.”

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Earlier this month, the WIAA announced fall sports for the upcoming school year will be delayed.

Some sports, which are considered moderate -to -high risk and were originally scheduled for the fall, will be moved to the WIAA's season three.

Cross -country, slowpitch softball, as well as alternative seasons for golf and tennis, are going to happen in season one and will start practices the week of Sept. 7.

“The viability of girls’ swim and dive taking place in WIAA Season 1 is dependent on more information from the Department of Health,” the WIAA stated.

The remaining fall sports of girls’ soccer, 1B/2B boys soccer, volleyball and football will now be scheduled to begin in the early spring of 2021 as part of season three.

Winter sports will all take place in season two with the expectation to begin in late December or early January. Traditional spring sports will occupy season four to end the school year.

Here’s a full list of the seasons.

WIAA Season 1: Cross-country, slowpitch softball, girls swim and dive*, golf (alternative season), tennis (alternative season).

WIAA Season 2: Basketball, bowling, boys' swim and dive, gymnastics, cheerleading, wrestling.

WIAA Season 3: Volleyball, girls' soccer, 1B/2B boys' soccer, football.

WIAA Season 4: Tennis, fastpitch softball, track and field, baseball, golf, boys’ soccer, dance/drill.