WADA President's Message
Good Afternoon WADA Membership,
Earlier today the WIAA Board of Control met concerning the future of the spring sports season. The WADA Board thanks the WIAA and Board of Control for their deliberation of the complex facets (deadlines, eligibility, compliance, and timelines) of this unique time at their meeting today.
The WIAA formally canceled the suspended spring sports season under its normal schedule before it began. After making that decision Tuesday, the WIAA Board of Control discussed options as it tried to find some solace for disappointed athletes and coaches, and ultimately decided to permit a summer contact period for athletes and coaches — under local control. After meeting via video conferencing for two hours Tuesday, the Board of Control announced that it “has voted to cancel 2020 spring competitions and tournaments — 30 days of summer contact will be allowed for spring coaches, if they include seniors. Acclimatization rules must still be followed and contact must follow the governor’s orders.”
WIAA executive director Dave Anderson made the initial recommendation during the meeting, which was then discussed and eventually passed by a 10-1 vote.
Virtual coaching is permitted to continue. The 30 out-of-season contact days this summer will allow coaches to work with spring season athletes who currently are in grades 9-12 (this might occur in July or August if games or scrimmages are allowed to be held). That would assume access to schools. The 30 days of contact would provide an opportunity for spring teams to practice and hold competitions, according to the WIAA.
We appreciate the time taken to gather complete and timely information before making decisions with absolutes about the future and recognize information changes quickly in these fluid and uncertain times. We realize there will be those who struggle with many components of decisions. We will find ways for our organization to support the schools and athletic directors responding to these decisions going forward with best ways to communicate with and support ADs, schools, and student athletes and protect education based athletics and support the jobs of athletic administrators. Please use the resources on the WADA website to help inform your school community and support the work of your athletic program with a student centered focus.
Todd Sobrilsky, CMAA
Waukesha South Athletic Director/Assistant Principal