(7-23-20) Another Midwest state has decided on what will happen with fall sports, including football. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (WIAA) Board of Control on an 8-3 vote today amended the start days for fall sports.

During the meeting Marshfield AD Nathan DeLany commented about a key part of why a WFCA recommendation was to delay start of fall sports..school superintendents are extremely anxious about the start of the school year. Delaying the start of some sports, where infection could begin, once off the table it alleviates some of their concerns.

WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson says that they will make the above plan work and begin implementation.

Wisconsin also sees some actions from member schools on how they will move forward with fall sports.

On Tuesday, the Big Eight Conference became the first league in the state to cancel all conference competitions for the 2020 fall sports season.Member schools still have the option of scheduling non-conference games, meets or matches in all fall sports, as long as they follow the guidance of the WIAA and local public health officials.

The Big 8 release stated

July 21, 2020 statement from the Big 8 ADs:

The Big 8 Conference supports the fact that education based athletics is a privilege, not a right, which requires an added level of responsibility for those that administer them and serve as a partner in the education of student-athletes.

When school delivery methods for the fall of 2020 are determined and the WIAA confirms season regulations and start dates​, decisions related to athletics and extra-curriculars will be released by schools as well as the specific plans to support student athletes and programs.

We will continue to get regular updates and guidance from local Public Health officials, DPI, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and communicate with the WIAA to make sure the correct information is released as soon as possible. The next update of timelines and information related to the status of Big 8 athletics can be expected following the regular Big 8 meeting​ August 17th.

As with the past spring season and during the summer contact period, when school facilities are closed in each district, we will not hold in-person practices or workouts, or allow practice without a coach. As each district allows, ​to put the physical and mental well-being of our student-athletes at the forefront we will offer sport-specific virtual coaching and workouts provided they do not require student-athletes and coaches to gather or encourage student-athletes to group together. ​ In-person practices and workouts may be allowed to occur in parallel to the instruction model adopted by member schools and following public health recommendations.

Since all member schools are not able to participate fully in conference contests during current fall season dates as scheduled, Big 8 Conference competitions will not be held and conference champions will not be named.

All schools will be supported in their local decisions and may have the option to schedule non-conference competitions in any fall sports, so long as they follow the guidance of the WIAA and local public health officials.

Big 8 members include –

  • Beloit Memorial
  • Janesville Craig
  • Janesville Parker
  • Madison East
  • Madison La Follette
  • Madison Memorial
  • Madison West
  • Middleton
  • Sun Prairie High
  • Sun Prairie
  • Verona Area

 

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