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    WIAA Executive Board Alters WIAA Season Schedule
    Posted on 11/05/2020
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    WIAA Executive Board Alters WIAA Season Schedule 

    Update | Nov 18, 2020 | RENTON, Wash. – The WIAA Executive Board voted Tuesday to amend the current season schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, opting to delay the start of WIAA Season 2 to February 1 and shorten each WIAA Season to seven weeks in length.

    WIAA Season 2, which consists of traditional winter sports, is scheduled to begin with practices on February 1 (January 25 for gymnastics) and end with a Regional culminating event on March 20. WIAA Season 3, which consists of traditional fall sports is now scheduled to begin on March 15 (March 8 for football) and end on May 1. WIAA Season 4, which consists of traditional spring sports, will begin with practices on April 26 and conclude on June 12.

    The decision comes in light of surging COVID-19 cases around the state, putting in jeopardy the ability to begin WIAA Season 2 which was scheduled to begin on December 28.

    While the Executive Board approved the framework for each WIAA season, flexibility remains at the local level due to the protocols approved at the Nov 2 meeting outlined below. If less than 50 percent of schools in a classification are able to compete in a sport, in accordance with Department of Health Guidelines, the Executive Board will make an adjustment to the scheduled season in order to allow the chance for greater participation.

    Due to the delay of WIAA Season 2 the Board voted to approve an extension of the WIAA Open Coaching Window to January 23. The window allows for coaches in all sports to work with student-athletes in the same fashion as the summer coaching window.

    The full WIAA Season schedule can be found on the WIAA website.  Visit the BHS Athletics Overview page for more information about Ballard HS Athletics.


    Nov 2/3, 2020 | The WIAA Executive Board approved a process for determining the status of upcoming WIAA seasons during the 2020-21 school year. The process outlines a timetable for decision making as well as a minimum participation requirement and is based on feedback from Athletic Directors. 

    View the video update with the WIAA on Nov 4, 2020 with Lisa Langston/Jeff Lowell/WIAA Staff.

    The Executive Board determined that, in order for a season to take place, 50 percent of schools in a WIAA region (by classification) must be eligible to participate in league games as per the COVID metrics in the Department of Health guidelines. If less than 50 percent of schools are able to compete in specific sports due to elevated cases, the Executive Board will make an adjustment to the scheduled season in order to allow the chance for greater participation.

    The WIAA will monitor the eligibility of schools based on the number of cases reported in their county, using the data provided on Washington’s Risk Assessment Dashboard, with a final decision being made three weeks prior to the beginning of the season. If a WIAA Region meets the eligibility requirements for the scheduled sport season but chooses not to participate, that Region will have the flexibility to move the sport to a different season.

    Each sport will conclude with a WIAA Region culminating event during the final week of its scheduled season. The minimum requirement to hold a regional event is eight participating schools within a single classification of a Region. If a classification cannot meet that requirement, they will have the option to combine with another classification in the Region for the culminating event.

    The full document outlining the decision-making process and timetable can be found on the WIAA Nov 3, 2020 update. While the process and benchmarks were outlined by the Executive Board and WIAA staff, the decision was a collaborative effort involving a survey of member school athletic directors to gather input to support the Executive Board in its decision making. The Board and staff also received input from the WIAA Student LEAP Committee. The Executive Board will continue to examine any adjustments to the current WIAA season alignments meeting based upon the revised government guidelines and the latest COVID-19 metrics across the state.

    The complete guidelines will be updated as any changes are made and will be available at wiaa.com/covidRefer to the WIAA site for more continual updates.