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Important Athletics Update- WIAA New Info on Seasons and Rules
Important Athletics Update- WIAA New Info on Seasons and Rules
Kenneth James
Wednesday, July 29, 2020


This is an important update from the CPPS Athletic Department regarding the 2020-21 UPDATE to the Modified Sports seasons and rules set recently by the WIAA. This information is up to date as of today, July 29, but as well all know things are changing rapidly, so be sure to stay tuned for further updates. 

I did my best to package the HUGE amount of information released from the WIAA and our own athletic department into an easy to use format. Make sure to explore the entire email and the many links to all the associated documents referenced below. 

*Sager MS Modified Seasons have not been set by the WIAA, we should have further guidance regarding middle school sports to share out soon. 

*One point of clarification:  Cross Country Season 1 in Fall is now deemed the alternate season for cross country similar to what you saw for golf and tennis by the WIAA. CPHS is working with our league and district to determine the best option for the cross country season at CPHS and determine if it will occur in WIAA Modified Season 1 or 3.

If you have specific questions please send them my way, I will be happy to address them the best I can. This will also help me add to the Return to Athletics FAQ's page linked further down in this email.

Updated information and links from the WIAA:

WIAA Executive Board Continues 2020-21 Planning
RENTON, Wash. - The WIAA Executive Board continued its planning for the 2020-21 school year at the July 28 meeting and took action on a number of items regarding the scheduling of sports and activities for the upcoming year.
After the announcement that the WIAA will sanction four seasons during the July 21 meeting, the Board continued to receive feedback from member schools as well as the planning committee assembled to provide guidance on the best path for returning to high school sports in Washington. In addition to a brief summary of each of the Board’s action items below, a detailed calendar for each sport is attached to this email. The intention of the document is to provide a planning resource for member schools and their administration, however, the dates provided are tentative given the ongoing developments of COVID-19.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved boys and girls cross country and slowpitch softball as alternate seasons in WIAA Season 1
The WIAA traditionally offers alternate seasons for golf and tennis in the fall as an option for schools that would like to take part in a regular season prior to a WIAA State Championship in the spring. The Executive Board took action to create alternate seasons for cross country and slowpitch softball this season, which will now have culminating events at the conclusion of WIAA Season 3.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved the move of girls swimming and diving to WIAA Season 3
Upon further guidance from health officials and administrators that participation in swimming and diving during the fall season seemed unlikely, the Board opted to move the sport.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved 2021 football season will begin with practices starting on February 17
Due to the increased number of required practices before participating in the first competition, the WIAA Executive Board approved this date so football teams can play games the same week as other Season 3 sports.
Action ItemWIAA Season 2 will begin with pre-competition practices starting December 28
The Executive Board approved shifting WIAA Season 2 to begin and end one week earlier than previously outlined in an effort to avoid overlap of students participating in both WIAA Seasons 2 and 3.
Action Item: The Executive Board approved an out-of-season period from August 17-September 27 and an out-of-season coaching period from September 28-November 30. 
The Executive Board instituted an out-of-season coaching window during the fall for all sports that do not take place in WIAA Season 1. The window will mimic the traditional summer coaching window sanctioned by the WIAA. Football will be allowed 20 days of contact practices during the allowable coaching period in the fall. No coaching will be allowed from August 17- September 27.
Action Item:  Schools will be allowed to schedule 70% of typical allowable contests for each sport in all seasons.
The Executive Board acted on the number of allowable contests in a season to mirror the amount by which the season was shortened.
 Action Item: Competitive Cheer will be moved to Season 3
Upon the request of administrators in the sport, the Executive Board approved the move for competitive cheerleading from Season 2 to Season 3.

WIAA Link to 2020-21 Season Calendar

WIAA Link to Sport-by-Sport Season Dates

Link to the CPPS Return to Athletic FAQ's Document (Updated)

Link to the CPHS Modified Seasons (Updated)