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West 2020-21 New Season Dates

2020-21 Winter Sports Season Start &End Dates
MMSD is currently conducting a Virtual Education Model. Winter sports season has been pushed back to Jan 25, the earliest possible return
Basketball-Boys (Jan 25 - Week of March 1*)
Basketball-Girls (Jan 25 - Week of Feb. 22*)
Gymnastics (Jan 25 - Week of Feb. 22*)
Hockey- Boys &Girls (Jan 25 - Week of Feb. 15*)
Swimming &Diving-Boys (Jan 25 - Week of Feb. 1*)
Wrestling (Jan 25 - Week of Feb. 15*)
2020-21 Alternate Fall Sports Season Start &End Dates
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*)
The revised calendar emphasizes the Board’s position to accommodate all the sport seasons in 2020-21 with the knowledge a number of member schools having already determined interscholastic activities are not able to be conducted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board also addressed a number of other rules and regulations to be modified or suspended in 2020-21 to provide flexibility to members and licensed officials during the pandemic.
* If tournament series are conducted, regional groupings will be implemented (four teams in football).
* All minimum number of contests requirement for tournament eligibility will be suspended in 2020-21.
*All tournament series seeding will be conducted virtually in 2020-21.
*All nonborder out-of-state competitions or practices are strongly discouraged.
* All multiple-team events from outside a host’s region is strongly discouraged.
* Co-op programs that include schools that are unable to participate in activities during 2020-21 may seek other co-op partners to provide opportunities for participation.
* With conference approval, schools whose conference has canceled sports in 2020-21 may seek schedule relief with other conferences as an independent without sanctions or going through the prescribed conference realignment process.
*For 2020-21, programs may schedule contests after they are eliminated from the WIAA tournament or culminating event respective sport’s revised season.
* Schools that were unable to conduct their five unrestricted coaching contact days during the 2020 summer may schedule those days during the 2020-21 calendar provided there is one week of no contact prior to the start of the respective season. However, during the closed-session meeting, the Board directed staff to have discussions on coaching contact during 2020-21 placed on the agenda of the September meeting.
* Licensed officials will not drop in classification in 2021-22 if they choose not to renew licensure or are unable to fill a varsity schedule. in 2020-21. 
The Board also determined student-athletes may compete in no more than two nonschool events with school approval during each regular sports season in 2020-21 only, which adopts the middle-level regulation. An “event” will be defined as a game or tournament.

MMSD athletics statement 3.1.21

Important Dates:

March 12th - Last day to announce Spring sports timelines regarding in-person activities

March 26th - Last day to determine in-person activities plan for alternate Fall sports

April 19th - Earliest WIAA contact day for Spring Sports

We do not know the specifics on type of contact but have an updated timeline for decisions on when we will return to in-person athletics and training. We will continue to stay in contact through our in-season virtual offerings and our virtual speed and strength available to all until that time. Please sign up for all interested programs via our online forms and other resources at . There is a presentation on MMSD’s YouTube channel with details about what to expect from your sports as well as offseason opportunities for engagement. There is also information about what is available to you to support your mental health, physical well being, and social justice and leadership development.

We know students are eager for in-person athletics to start up again, and we share the sense of urgency around resuming co-curriculars, recognizing the critical role sports play in so many students' lives. Like in-person instruction, we plan to use a phased approach to restarting in-person athletics, in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Madison Dane County. 


Linked you can find a release and phasing-in timeline that is as complete as possible to this point, so that students, families, and schools can start planning for athletics this school year. As we do so, we know that conditions around community transmission of COVID-19 can always change, as can health guidance and, of course, weather and field conditions. So we know we'll need to be flexible so that we can adapt to these unpredictable factors.


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