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1435, 23 Jul 20

WIAA Votes to Continue with Fall Sports

I’m surprised, I admit, but good for the WIAA.

MADISON, Wis. — The body that oversees Wisconsin high school sports recommended Thursday that schools offer fall sports but delay start dates by several weeks as the coronavirus surges across the state.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Association Board of Control voted 8-3 to approve pushing back the start date for girls golf, tennis and swimming to Aug. 17. Girls and boys cross-country also will start on that date.

Sports that create a higher risk of virus transmission and infection, including football, volleyball and soccer, will start the week of Sept. 7. Whether the WIAA will offer any postseason state championship tournaments remains unclear. Board members said they just want to get the fall seasons started.

The delay doesn’t make much sense to me. I don’t see how delaying football practice a few weeks does anything to mitigate the spread of the virus, but at least they are supporting moving ahead with fall sports. Good for them.


1435, 23 July 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I’m shocked.

  2. Mar

    There’s no reason to delay CC, swimming, golf, tennis and other Fall minor sports.
    As for football, are they going to be able to test the athletes?
    But they should have no excuse starting football either.
    But will they have fans?

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