Fall sports given the green light


Association is excited to

announce all fall sports will begin on time.

With the collaboration of the Wyoming

Department of Health and the Wyoming

Department of Education, the WHSAA’s

Smart Start Fall Sports Guidelines were

established and approved to return students

safely to the six fall sports offered.

Practices are scheduled to begin on

Monday, Aug. 10, for 4A football, golf and

tennis. On Aug. 17, cross-country, 1A-3A

football, girls’ swimming and diving and

volleyball will begin practices.

“We are excited for our students,” said

WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird. “We

appreciate the WDH and WDE working

with us to approve a plan we all believe can

safely return our students to their sport. We

know the mental and emotional issues those

students experienced last spring when track

and soccer were canceled.”

“I cannot overstate the importance of

allowing students to safely participate in

activities this fall,” State Superintendent

Jillian Balow added. “Activities are essential

to the physical, emotional and social

wellbeing of our children and fundamental

to our mission in K-12 education of building

character and necessary skills in our youth.

It will take all of us, including parents and

the students, doing our part to make this fall

successful.”

This is the first step to opening a successful

fall season, Laird emphasized, and will

require a “concerted effort” by administrators,

coaches, parents and fans to “follow the

guidelines to benefit our students.”

“With the ever-changing conditions that

exist during the COVID-19 pandemic, we

know we are going to have to be flexible

and ready to adjust,” he added. “We believe

we have those plans in place for each

sport. Our students deserve everyone’s best

effort.”

The WHSAA Board of Directors will give

further guidance to the schools concerning

the six fall sports to assist them in their

planning of social distancing for each sport.

Reducing the total number of competitors at

each event will be a priority. The WHSAA

Board will also consider adjustments to

culminating events to reduce numbers as

well.

The WHSAA asks everyone to join

together to make completing each sport this

fall a reality.

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