Northshore District athletes' hopes of a limited fall sports season have been dashed with the recent Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announcement of another modified schedule for the 2020-21 school year.
“Nothing in the world of sports is the same it was a year ago,” Woodinville High Athletic Director Cathy Boyce said. “And for those of us that love sports, this is incredibly sad."
Leagues throughout the district were given a choice to make all Season 1 sports a Season 3 sport, and officials with the KingCo Conference thought it would be better for all parties concerned to do so.
“The athletic directors from the KingCo Conference met and agreed that this would be best for our communities,” Boyce wrote on a post on the school’s website. “The conference appealed to the WIAA to make this move and we were approved. All Season 1 (fall) sports are now Season 3 (spring) sports.
The revised sports calendar, Boyce said, will affect many sports unlike ever before.
“There will be two holidays that the teams will need to practice through; mid-winter break, Feb.15 to 19, for Season 2 and spring break, April 12 to April 16 for Season 3. Season 4 will go through June 26, which will be a challenge around graduation activities.”
Boyce expects spring break and Season 3, which runs from March 1 to May 1, to be impacted the most.
“We will have practices and regular-season games during this time,” she said. “Depending on the sport, there may also be postseason play to allow time to qualify for State events."
Boyce added there still is no guarantee there will be a sports season at all this school year, which would be a shame, she said, because of the added values it offers to every student-athlete.
“We'd miss the energy of the athletes and coaches and the excitement of the possibilities of the season,” she said. “But as we remind our athletes, the true power of sports is the life lessons it teaches us. Many athletes remark the thing they miss most is their teams. They miss their teammates and getting to play the sports they love with them.”
Getting them back competing with their teams, is a top priority.
“There is no perfect schedule for sports this year but I believe the one the WIAA has created gives our teams the best chance at getting to compete,” Boyce said. “We are hoping that the health of the community allows us the opportunity to compete at some point this year. I cannot wait for the day when we can cheer on the Falcons in person!"
See the revised schedules listed below.
SEASON 2: Dec. 28 to Feb. 27
Boys Swim and Dive
SEASON 3: March 1 to May 1
Football (begins Feb.17 and runs through May 8)
Girls Swim and Dive
Non-WIAA Rowing (First of two seasons – sign up under Fall Rowing)
Non-WIAA Boys Water Polo
SEASON 4: April 26 to June 26
Track and Field
Non-WIAA Boys Lacrosse
Non-WIAA Girls Lacrosse
Non-WIAA Rowing (Second season – sign up under Spring Rowing)
Non-WIAA Girls Water Polo
“It is important to us to get these dates to you so you can start to plan as a family which sports you will be looking to participate in,” Boyce said. “As we get more information, we will share it with our communities to help you better prepare for the 2020-21 school year.