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VAHS Winter Sports Update (11/17/2020)

Public Health Madison & Dane County Emergency Order #10 (11/17/2020)


Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) is issuing Emergency Order #10, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical distancing. The order goes into effect on November 18, 2020, at 12:01 AM and remains in effect until December 16, 2020, at 12:01 AM.


All in-person sports activities (coaching contact days, open gyms, practices, games, competitions, group exercises, training, and other sport-related events) must follow mass gathering limits. Therefore, PHMDC Order #10, sports activities indoors are not permitted with members outside of someone’s household, and sports outdoors are limited to a group of 10 individuals, with physical distancing. The previous limit for gatherings was 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, with physical distancing. 


As a result of PHMDC Order #10 and these legally binding limitations, the Verona Area School District will be postponing all in-person sports and activities until further notice


Virtual coaching and training are permissible, adhering to all WIAA Coaching Contact rules and regulations.


Please continue to check here for updates about athletics and activities at Verona Area High School, and continue to reach out to your sports head coach for virtual opportunities.


VAHS Winter Sports Update (10/19/2020)

The Big 8 Conference has made the difficult decision to cancel the winter sports conference season. This decision was guided by many considerations. Chief among the considerations is that Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) entered an order that effectively precludes these competitions from happening. The PHMDC order is a lawful order that we must follow; we have no discretion to decide not to follow the order. Thus, no school in Dane County has any choice other than to follow the order. There are several aspects to the order that individually and in combination preclude winter sports in Dane County. First, the order limits indoor gatherings to not more than 10 persons (excluding the coach). A basketball team composed of 10 players can not compete in the same gym against another basketball team composed of 10 players because such an event would result in 20 persons being present in one location. Second, at present, the PHMDC order does not even permit games and competitions between medium and high-risk sports. These include wrestling and hockey (high-risk) and group gymnastics and basketball (medium-risk). Thus, even if we wanted to move forward with winter sports, right now the law does not allow us to do so. For a helpful guide to the PHMDC order regarding sports, see this guidance:
Click here for PHMDC Sports Guidance
Beyond the PHMDC order is the practical consideration that most of the Big 8 schools are offering virtual-only instruction for high school students. We want the community spread of COVID-19 to decrease such that students are allowed to go back to school in person as soon as possible. Thus, postponing winter sports will make it more likely than it otherwise would be for our students to get back into school for their classes as soon as reasonably possible. This decision supports the District's mission to decrease the spread of COVID-19 so as to increase the chance that we return to school as soon as is reasonably possible.
The Verona Area School District (VASD) is adhering to the PHMDC reopening metrics regarding the in-person return-to-school. Accordingly, our return-to-athletics will coincide with our return-to-school.
Some schools in the Big 8 Conference have announced that they will remain in virtual-only instruction until at least the start of the second semester, regardless of PHMDC metrics, and will not have winter sports unless/until they return in-person. VASD will leave open the possibility of an earlier return, in accordance with PHMDC reopening recommendations. In short, if we can return to in-person instruction, we will reevaluate this decision assuming PHMDC also revises its order for sporting competitions.
VASD will implement the following extracurricular provisions for the winter if PHMDC reopening metrics are not met before the winter season start date:
• Coaches may share virtual individual training activities with all students. Individual training or workouts may be shared or scheduled on a virtual platform for synchronous training (stretching, flexibility, warm-up, strength and speed, conditioning, and mental and sport psychology resources). Coaches must follow WIAA Coaching Contact rules.
• Fall and spring programs may choose to use their optional WIAA allotted Coaching Contact days. If so, they must adhere to strict PHMDC and VASD health and safety policies and receive prior authorization from the Verona Area High School (VAHS) Athletic Director.
If you have any specific questions about your student’s sports programs, please reach out to the head coach or me.


VAHS WIAA Sports Season Update (8/21/20)

WIAA Alternate Fall Season; Winter and Spring Seasons Shortened
• The WIAA Board of Control approved a one-year alternative season in the spring for fall sports and reduced the number of weeks for sports during the 2020-21 winter and spring seasons.
• The WIAA established the alternate fall season parameters and context with seven weeks of competition in the spring.
• Please cllck on this revised sports calendar which replaces the existing 2020-21 season calendars. It identifies – in addition to an alternate fall season in the spring with seven weeks of competition – a period of no coaching contact before the start of the respective sports seasons; an acclimatization or practice period before the first allowed competition; and the designated number of weeks for the winter and spring seasons, including any culminating event.
• All schedules are subject to change if conditions warrant following local, state, and national health guidelines.

2020-21 Winter Sports Season Start & End Dates (*End dates to be determined)
Basketball-Boys (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of March 1*)
Basketball-Girls (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 22*)
Gymnastics (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 22*)
Hockey- Boys & Girls (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 15*)
Swimming & Diving-Boys (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of Feb. 1*)
Wrestling (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of Feb. 15*)

2020-21 Alternate Fall Sports Season Start & End Dates (*End dates to be determined)
Cross Country-Boys & Girls (Monday, March 15 - Week of May 3*)
Football (Monday, March 8 - Week of May 3*) - Earliest first game is Wednesday, March 24
Golf-Girls (Monday, March 29 - Week of May 17*)
Soccer-Boys (Monday, March 22 - Week of May 10*)
Swimming & Diving-Girls (Monday, Feb. 15 - Week of April 5*)
Tennis-Girls (Monday, March 8 - Week of April 26*)
Volleyball - Boys & Girls (Monday, Feb. 22 - Week of April 12*)

2020-21 Spring Sports Season Start & End Dates
Baseball (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)
Golf-Boys (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 14*)
Softball (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)
Soccer-Girls (Monday, April 26 - Week of June 28*)
Tennis-Boys (Monday, May 3 - Week of June 21*)
Track & Field - Boys & Girls (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

Big 8 Conference Schedules
• Big 8 AD’s are currently working on putting together conference schedules. The goal is to have these finalized by September 4th.
• All team sports should anticipate the cancellation of all non-conference competitions (winter and alternate fall, likely extending to spring). Individual sports may have more leverage, but this will depend on what the final conference schedule looks like once complete. No extended trips will be scheduled.
• There is overlap between seasons, so the expectation is for coaches to be flexible with multisport athletes.

Speed and Strength Training
• Virtual synchronous S&S training - similar to the summer model.
• Contact Dave Richardson with questions - richardd@verona.k12.wi.us

Sports Coaching Contact Days
• Five (5) allowable days - must be conducted virtually until further notice.
• Potential for more days following the WIAA Board of Control September meeting.
• Sport-specific skill development, separate from S&S.
• Coaching contact start dates by season allows students to focus on academics the first two weeks of school, and avoid as much overlap as possible between multi-sport athletes.
• Fall - begin no earlier than 9/21
• Winter - begin no earlier than 10/12
• Spring  - begin no earlier than 11/2
REMINDER - VASD does NOT support or encourage in-person gatherings of our teams at this time.

Concessions
• Don’t anticipate any concessions during the 2020-21 sports seasons.

Non-School Competition During the School Sports Season
*School approval must be requested and approved before the nonschool competition.
Click here to access the WIAA Non-School Competition During the School Sports Season Form.*
• Athletes may compete in not more than two non-school competitions with school approval during each regular sports season. The contest(s) will not count against the individual maximum for the athlete in that sport. The non-school competition will not be allowed during the respective WIAA tournament series in a sport. A student becomes ineligible in a sport for the remainder of the season for competing in more than two non-school games, meets, or contests in the same sport during the season of practice and competition established by the school. The penalty may be reduced upon request of a school, based on documented extenuating circumstances.
• Counting the contests for high school: the determination of competition is made in the manner that the particular sport maximum limits and individual limits are determined. Cross country, swimming, track, gymnastics, and golf is counted as a meet. Wrestling, tennis, and volleyball may be a dual or a tournament. Baseball, softball, football, soccer, basketball, and hockey can only be two games and could not be a tournament with four games.

Big 8 Student-Athlete Resources 
• The Big 8 Conference will be sharing virtual resources throughout the first semester for all student-athletes to participate. The Athletic Department will make sure to send information to students when it becomes available.

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