WIAA approves alternative sports plan

The plan will allow schools that choose to not participate in the traditional fall sports season due to COVID-19 concerns the opportunity to play next spring.

The WIAA has asked schools to decide which fall sports season it will participate in by September 1. Superior will make their decision next week and Northwestern has decided to play in the fall against conference only opponents, per the Duluth News Tribune.

Practices for most sports in the current fall sports season are scheduled to begin on Monday. Football, volleyball and soccer are set to start September 7. 

Football games can take place from September 23 and run through state playoffs November 17. Most winter sports will start November 16.

For the full 2020-2021 WIAA athletics schedule, click here.

The Board of Control considered six alternate schedule proposals. The first option was approved by a unanimous vote.

Under the plan, the winter and spring sports seasons will shrink to accommodate the alternate fall season. Postseason tournaments are an option for all sports in all seasons except for the alternate (spring) football season.

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