While Major League Baseball and the NBA are slated to return to action this month, we’re going to have to wait a while for high school sports.
It was announced by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association that the start to fall sports practices would be delayed for two weeks than originally planned, citing the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus. Football practices are now planned on being allowed to begin on Sept. 5, while all other sports’ practices can begin on Sept. 7.
That doesn’t mean football will be played however. The WIAA has not released the guidelines on what reopening phase a county needs to be in to be allowed to play football. The common belief is football could be played in a phase 4 county. Phase 4 essentially has no restrictions to gathering types or sizes. No county is currently in Phase 4 and Washington Governor Jay Inslee has ordered a delay on allowing counties to apply for a different phase.
The WIAA has previously released “return-to-play guidance” last month. In coordination with the state’s department of health, sports considered low risk like cross country could return under phase three, while moderate risk sports like volleyball could be played in phase four.