As fall prep sports begin to practice across the state of Wisconsin, high school athletic directors have been working hard to put together re-worked schedules for their seasons.
Beaver Dam High School Athletic Director Melissa Gehring says that normally schedules are done up to two years in advance, but this year they were done in basically a 48-hour period. Gehring tells DailyDodge.com that once the WIAA Board of Control allowed sports to continue this fall at last Friday’s meeting the work of scheduling competitions began. Gehring says that BDHS’s schedules this fall will mostly be against Badger Conference foes, and that with the league stretching over seven counties the first step was trying to figure out which school districts would be participating in fall sports season.
When scheduling events, athletic directors are also working on ways to keep the student athletes safe in the COVID-19 world we currently live in. Gehring says that most of the events this fall will be “dual” events against just one other team, rather than invites that host numerous teams. She says that in girls golf, if they are taking part in an invite, teams will be going out as one five-some consisting of just their single team, rather than being matched up with opponents from other schools. She adds that as they look at cross country events, they may be looking at starting runners in “waves” in order to avoid the pack of participants at the start of the event.
Athletic Directors also had to reach out to make sure they had enough officials to work events this fall. At Friday’s WIAA Board of Control meeting they ruled that officials could “opt-out” of the season and not lose any of their standings within the WIAA because of COVID-19.
BDHS released their fall schedules for girls golf, girls tennis, girl swimming and cross country on Tuesday and you can CLICK HERE to see those schedules.
The schedules for football, girls volleyball and boys soccer are still pending.
There is still no official word if spectators will be allowed to attend events at this point. That may depend on information set to be released soon by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Department of Public Instruction in the next few days.
Click here to listen to a full interview with Beaver Dam High School Athletic Director Melissa Gehring
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