WIAA discusses fall sports options in nearly 3-hour meeting

Posted at 3:12 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 17:35:19-04

WISCONSIN — With the high school sports schedule on the table, the WIAA meeting lasted nearly 3 hours and tried to help everyone.

"We have to recognize that the virus is at different levels around the state, so one size fits all is not going to work," Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director John Ashley says.

Right now, 234 Wisconsin schools plan to start non-contact and low-risk sports when they can do so. So, most appear to be continuing to consider fall sports.

"It's abuse that leads to restriction," WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson said. "And so if we discover abuse, or hear concerns of abuse? Then we'll come back to you and say you know, that wasn't such a good idea. But right now, it's a launch point. We think these are good recommendations to give a chance."

One of the guest speakers was Doctor Tim McGuine, Ph.D. of UW-Madison who said the CDC Director points to depression issues killing more kids than COVID. Dr. McGuine advocates listening to science.

"If we say we're going to listen to the science, overall, risk of transmission is low. Serious risk in illness is low. And the consequences of not playing are pretty intense," Dr. Tim McGuine said.

Full contact sports remain able to start practice on September 7th.

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