Wesco moves closer to resuming prep sports
Last updated 2/11/2021 at 10:36am
Are you ready for some football?
Western Conference athletic directors approved the start of the first of three proposed high school sports seasons Feb. 1. The plan calls for traditional fall sports to begin Feb. 22. Two Wesco athletic directors drafted the plan during a meeting last month.
In order for the plan to begin, a number of items needed to be in place:
– The Puget Sound region (Snohomish, King and Pierce counties) must be in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington-Road map to Recovery plan;
– The WIAA must approve the modified plan if different from the WIAA’s Feb. 1 start date plan; and
– Local school district superintendents must grant authorization for its individual districts to participate.
Wesco will begin with three seasons, starting with traditional fall sports Feb. 22. Spring sports will run second, starting March 29, followed by winter sports May 3.
In creating the plan, the league indicated that its goal has always been about providing opportunity for student athletes to get back on the field and compete. Because of that, Wesco schools will not be participating in any postseason events. That decision was made during the initial planning stages. In working backward from a possible postseason schedule, time considerations came into play.
“We have a short period to get the seasons in,” Dalziel said. “It was in the best interest of all student athletes to focus on giving them opportunities to complete. They just want to play.”
The schedules will be designed to provide competitions for all schools without putting the focus on the postseason.
In addition, the league has attempted to limit travel, tried to keep the schedules geographically focused as possible, and made attempts to create competitive match-ups regardless of classification.
Athletic competitions are contingent on the Puget Sound region being in Phase 2. If the region reverted back to Phase 1, the league likely would have to make changes.
“We don’t have a bunch of what if scenarios. We always keep in mind that the situation is fluid,” Dalziel said. “We’ll try to make the best decision in the moment when we have to make them.”
Details of Wesco's plan
Seasons will be played in fall, spring, winter order
Each season will be six weeks long (one week for practices, five weeks for competition)
– Fall sports (football, boys tennis, cross country, girls soccer, girls swimming, volleyball):
First practice: Feb. 22
First competition week: March 1
Season end: April 3
– Spring sports (baseball, softball, boys soccer, girls tennis, track and field, golf):
First practice: March 29
First competition week: April 5
Season end: May 8
– Winter sports (basketball, wrestling, boys swimming, bowling, gymnastics):
First practice: May 3
First competition week: May 10
Season end: June 12