The WIAA is contemplating one of five scenarios to adopt for high school sports when the fall session resumes. Whatever the WIAA decides on which course to take will no doubt coincide with what the OSPI decides to do in relation to Governor Jay Inslee's Safe Start plan. Last Wednesday, the five plans were presented and were discussed Sunday by the WIAA's committee.
According to Raymond HS Athletic Director Mike Tully, a prioritized list will be decided upon this week with a final decision taking place in mid-July.
Tully offered his interpretation of the five scenarios:
* Business as usual. Basically, seasons would start when they are scheduled to. Individual school districts will have to make a choice as to what they will allow to happen. It is possible that some schools decide not to offer some or all sports.
* Business as usual with the addition of time in August (1st-18th) for spring sport coaches to work with their athletes. Typically, the time from August 1st to the first day of fall practices is a dead period for coaching. I believe that this is being considered to make up for the time that spring sport coaches lost in April and May.
* Fall sports run from August 1st to October 31st with the potential for starting winter sports as late as January 4th. This scenario aligns with the current forecast of a spike in cases during November-December. It could also be possible to start winter sports as normal in November.
* Start fall sports on September 7th (the 4th for football) and finish fall sports as scheduled. This would give schools in the counties that are moving through the phases a little slower to have more time to Phase 4. This scenario would essentially cut the first couple weeks of the season. Football would have just enough practices to be able to play September 18th.
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