(October 6, 2020) - The Governor’s Office and Washington State Department of Health issued new guidance for returning to education-based sports and activities, Tuesday, using the statistical benchmarks of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in a given county as well as the percentage of positive tests. The WIAA has used this guidance from the Department of Health to develop new general, as well as sport-specific, return-to-play guidelines which will replace those previously tied to phasing in the Governor’s Safe Start Plan. The Governor’s office has informed the WIAA that these guidelines must be followed and neither schools nor community sports programs have the authority to implement more lenient policies.
These revised guidelines give greater flexibility to school administrators to offer education-based athletics and activities and meet the demand of their students and communities. The WIAA Executive Board and staff are pleased with the work that has been done to allow students to be more involved with their schools, as participation in the school setting provides safer and more equitable opportunities for students, especially during this time. Staff will continue to work with decision-makers to evaluate participation in sports deemed high-risk by reviewing all data and documentation available in hopes it may be appropriate to qualify them as moderate risk.
Updated 2020-2021 Tentative Sport Season Start Dates (updated July 31, 2020)
The WIAA Executive Board and planning committees are working under the Return-To-Activity Guidelines supported and co-authored by the National Federation of High Schools, Washington Department of Health and the Governor’s Office, as well as sport-specific guidelines set forth by WIAA committees made up of coaches, athletic directors, students, officials and local health professionals. Those guidelines can be found on the WIAA website. Below are the tentative middle and high school athletic seasons.
- September 7, 2020
- WIAA Season 1: No Athletics
- December 28, 2020
- WIAA Season 2: Basketball, Boys Swim & Dive, Wrestling
- February 17, 2021
- WIAA Season 3: Football
- March 1, 2021
- WIAA Season 3: Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim & Dive, Cross Country, Boys Tennis
- April 26, 2021
- WIAA Season 4: Girls Tennis, Fastpitch Softball, Track & Field, Baseball, Golf, Boys Soccer