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VAHS Athletic & Activities Update (4/5/2021)
Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) Emergency Order #15

PHMDC Emergency Order #15 goes into effect on April 7, 2021.

Gatherings inside where food and drink are offered or provided are limited to 150 individuals. A gathering inside where food or drink is not offered or provided is limited to 350 individuals. Individuals must maintain six (6) feet of physical distance while not actively participating in the sport, and face coverings are required for participants and spectators.

Gatherings outside must be limited to ensure individuals who are not members of the same household or living unit maintain six (6) feet physical distance at all times while not actively participating in the sport. Face coverings are required for all sports participants that can’t maintain six (6) feet of physical distancing and for all spectators.

Concessions will not be available at VAHS sporting events at this time. The number of spectators will be limited. Outdoor spectator numbers will be limited and predicated on each facility’s seating capacity to ensure that individuals who are not members of the same household or living unit maintain six (6) feet physical distance at all times.

VAHS sports will adhere to all public health, VASD, and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) safety and policy guidelines for all team activities, including practices and competitions.

Please continue to check here for updates and helpful resources, and reach out to your sports head coach and club advisor for specific information and opportunities.

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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