The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s board met Friday to discuss the future of winter sports. Right now, the plan is to offer winter sports but with some changes in place.
Members of the WIAA’s Board of Control hope to conduct winter sports by following a similar model used for the fall season.
Masks were required in the fall as was social distancing. Both will be requirements again this winter.
There will be some modifications to individual sports. For example, wrestling teams could only compete in one match per week; gymnastics meets will be held over the course of one day instead of two; and basketball teams will be given an extra time out per half.
Doctor Kevin Walter addressed the board about the COVID-19 risks that come with winter sports. He noted with winter sports being played indoors, there is increased concern for coronavirus spread, but he says sports do help with the physical and mental wellbeing of the athlete