WIAA moves winter season to Feb. 1


Virus activities continue to trend upward all across Washington state and COVID-19 restrictions are in place until at least Dec. 14, putting in doubt the odds of starting the traditional winter sports season at the end of December.

In response, the WIAA Executive Board has decided to move the start of its Season 2 to Feb. 1 and to shorten each of the remaining seasons from eight weeks to seven.

“The decision comes in light of surging COVID-19 cases around the state, putting in jeopardy the ability to begin WIAA Season 2, which was scheduled to begin on December 28,” the WIAA says in a news release.

In Season 2, the traditional winter sports — basketball, bowling, swimming and wrestling — will be held. It was scheduled to begin Dec. 28 and end with a regional “culminating event” on March 20.

This moves Season 3 (fall sports) back to March 15 (except for football, which can begin March 8) with its culminating event on May 1; and Season 4 (spring sports) to April 26 with a conclusion on June 12.

With Season 2 pushed back two months, the WIAA also extended the open coaching period through Jan. 23. That allows coaches to work with their student-athletes in the same manner as the summer coaching window.

The process for beginning a sports season remains in place. Each of the state’s three regions — Kitsap schools, with the exception of Bainbridge, are in Region B while the Spartans are in Region A — can start a season in each specific sport if at least 50 percent of the schools in each region are eligible to participate as defined by state Department of Health guidelines.

Season 2 has two high-risk sports — basketball and wrestling – meaning competition can begin when there is a low risk of transmission (25 cases per 100,000 residents over the previous 14 days and less than a 5% positivity rate); two moderate risk sports — gymnastics and bowling – which means competition can begin when there is moderate risk (25-75 cases per 100,000 resident and less than 5% positive rate); and one low-risk sport – swimming, which can begin at anytime.

If 50 percent of schools in the given region is not eligible to participate, the WIAA can plan to move the sport to another season.

More in Sports

The North Kitsap passing game struggled Thursday, but quarterback Colton Bower rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 32-0 win over Bainbridge. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Weather forces NK to use ground game in 32-0 win over BI

If North Kitsap hopes to go far in the state high school… Continue reading

Bainbridge quarterback Jack Grant, left, hands off to Garrett Goade as Port Angeles defender Jeremiah Hall closes in on Friday night in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Football Roundup: Week 7

Port Angeles 27, Bainbridge 7 The Spartans had their opportunities, but the… Continue reading

Colton Bower passed for 363 yards and six touchdowns in North Kitsap’s 56-21 win over Bremerton. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Bower throws 6 TD passes, runs for 100 yards in romp

Friday night brought together a North Kitsap team that loves to air… Continue reading

Bainbridge senior Eden Michael took home a second-place finish in the final regular season cross country league meet at Battle Point Park. Michael’s performance helped lead Bainbridge to a team victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group photos)
Bainbridge girls win final league meet

NK girls, Kingston boys each run to 2nd place

Bainbridge senior Maddy Brown looks to pry the ball loose from a Sequim player during her team’s 1-0 win Thursday night. Mark Krulish/Bainbridge Island Review photos
Bainbridge maintains top spot with 1-0 win over Sequim

Keeping the positive momentum going was the order of the day for… Continue reading

Bainbridge sophomore Kathryn Houseman swims to victory in the 500-yard freestyle in Tuesday’s tri-meet against North Kitsap and Kingston. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
BHS swimmers dominating on road to state

With a reloaded roster full of experienced underclassmen, the Bainbridge girls swim… Continue reading

Finn Miller plays defense against his Mercer Island counterpart, Finn Friedland (7), in Monday night’s water polo match agains the Islanders. Bainbridge won 17-8. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
BHS water polo beats Mercer Island to remain undefeated

In the 50-year history of boys high school water polo in Washington… Continue reading

North Kitsap improved to 4-0 on the season with a 42-7 win over Olympic on Friday. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Football roundup: Week 5

North Kitsap 42, Olympic 7 The Trojans hung tough for a while,… Continue reading

Colton Bower
Big passing plays spark N. Kitsap over Olympic

The Vikings didn’t get off to their fastest start on Homecoming night,… Continue reading

Allie Wildsmith of Bainbridge blasts a shot through the North Kitsap defense during her team’s five-set win on Thursday night. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Wildsmith leads Bainbridge to wild finish in win over N. Kitsap

Every time Bainbridge needed to help turn the momentum of the match,… Continue reading

Mark Krulish
Community comes together over COVID cancellations

We’re a few weeks into the Fall 2021 prep season, and although… Continue reading