RENTON — The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board voted to approve the schedules for seasons two and three on Tuesday, providing dates for traditional winter and spring sports competition.
Season Two is slated to begin on March 15 and will run through May 1 for the low-risk sports of track and field, golf and tennis and the moderate-risk sports of baseball, fastpitch softball and boys soccer (1A-4A).
Season Three is scheduled for April 26 through June 12 and will include high-risk activities such as basketball, wrestling, cheerleading and dance/drill; moderate-risk sports of bowling and gymnastics; and the low-risk sport of boys swim and dive.
The announcement provides a framework for a full prep sports schedule after the WIAA released its schedule for Season One on Jan. 6. Season One will run from Feb. 1 to March 20 and includes the high-risk sport of football; moderate-risk sports of soccer (Girls, 1B/2B Boys), volleyball and slowpitch softball; and the low-risk sports of girls swimming and diving and cross country (alternate seasons for golf and tennis are also included in Season 1).
All seasons will run a five-week competitive schedule with a one-week “WIAA Culminating Event” at the end of the schedule.
While the WIAA has outlined the framework for a uniformed season schedule, the organization is granting each league and district the ability to make scheduling adjustments to based on the situation of each local community.
“Based on the risk levels assigned to traditional winter activities compared to traditional spring activities, the Executive Board made the decision that those spring activities will have the opportunity to play much earlier than winter activities,” WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman said. “The board will continue to monitor the status of activities over the coming months to ensure that those traditional spring sports receive a chance to participate.”
For more information on the WIAA return-to-activity guidelines and schedule, visit WIAA.com/COVID.