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WIAA Board votes to delay start of fall sports to August and September

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted on Thursday to delay the start of fall sports. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted on Thursday to delay the start of fall sports. | 

Updated: July 23, 2020 09:58 PM

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted on Thursday to delay the start of fall sports.

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Golf, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving teams can begin practice on August 17. These sports are deemed "low risk."  Football, soccer, and volleyball can begin the week of September 7. These sports are considered "high risk."

The board voted 8-3 in support of these new start dates.

The decision came two days after the Big 8 Conference announced it would cancel its entire fall sports season.

The Board met for a virtual meeting at 9 AM and debated for hours. The initial meeting was to discuss a recent school-based proposal which came from school administrators in the southwest region of the state. They opted to push fall sports into the spring of 2021. The proposal also expressed the idea of moving spring sports into summertime.

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