The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control approved several modifications of the membership’s rules to allow more opportunities for athletes in addressing the ongoing challenges of navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board approved a number of pandemic-associated rule alterations for this school year only. It grants coaches additional unrestricted out-of-season contact during the school year and prior to the start of their respective season. A one week no-contact period immediately before the start of the season remains unchanged. The additional coaching contact is limited to a school’s own student-athletes, and it may not involve students or teams from outside the school.

Coaches of teams in the alternate fall sports seasons and the spring sports seasons are now allowed 15 contact days, and winter sports coaches are allowed five contact days. No out-of-season coaching contact during the school year was afforded to traditional fall seasons sports coaches that have started their season. 

In other pandemic-related considerations, the board voted to permit schools to schedule varsity games after elimination from the Tournament Season, and to allow lower levels to schedule games during the entire Tournament Series. Also, the board adjusted eligibility rules for this year to ensure student-athletes are able to participate in the alternate fall sports season after graduation.

If conditions allow for culminating events or State Tournaments to continue this fall, the board voted in support of conducting the State Girls Golf Championships at Blackwolf Run in Kohler; the State Girls Swimming & Diving Championships at Waukesha South High School; the Division 1 State Girls Team and Individual Tennis Tournaments at the Lake Geneva Tennis Club in Lake Geneva, and the Division 2 State Girls Team and Individual Tennis Tournaments at the Sports Core in Kohler. The tournaments were previously scheduled at UW-Madison.

The board suspended a pair of tournament procedure regulations for 2020-’21 only. The number of teams prescribed for tournament assignments and divisional placements was removed with flexibility given to the WIAA executive staff to determine the structure of the tournaments. 

In addition, the team or individual most recently defeated in the Tournament Series will be afforded the opportunity to advance if defeated by a team or individual unable to advance because of COVID-19 related circumstances.

The WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 514 senior high schools in its membership, and sponsors State Championship Tournament Series for boys and girls.