Beaver Dam School District Superintendent Mark DiStefano told the school board on Monday that he is recommending that the district attempt to offer winter high school sports in alignment with WIAA safety guidelines, and those put forth by the Dodge County Health Department.
DiStefano told the school board that the WIAA will not be sponsoring an alternative season like they did for the fall sports. He says that the Dodge County Health Department has indicated that they will support in-person sports this Winter at this point and time.
Due to coronavirus the BDUSD moved the fall sports of football, boys soccer and girls volleyball to the WIAA sanctioned alternative spring season. Girls & boys cross country, girls golf, girls tennis and girls swimming all were able to complete their season. There will be no alternative season offered for winter sports that are cancelled.
One of the main reasons that the district will do what they can to sponsor sports safely is because if they decide not to sponsor a winter sports season, it has become clear that the sports will still happen through other avenues, probably with less structure. That could possibly create more risk to learning and spread of COVID-19 in the district. DiStefano told the board that the district’s coaches would do an outstanding job, and if they are able to function (safely), they should function in-house as best they can.
If BDUSD does go through with winter sports, DiStefano says that they would like to limit spectators to two adults per player from the same household to start.
Earlier this month the Badger Conference announced that they would not be sponsoring an official conference season or name all-conference teams because all the teams in the league would not be participating in athletics this winter because of COVID-19. Teams that do decide to go participate would be on their own to put together an independent schedule.
Beaver Dam High School currently sponsors the following sports in the winter; boys & girls basketball, boys & girls hockey, boys swimming & diving, and wrestling.
Sports at the middle school level is still in a holding pattern. DiStefano told the board that the middle school sports are broke into quads in the Badger Conference and that quad BD is plugged into is not happening at all. He says they have sought opportunities for middle school students in basketball and wrestling but this point they don’t have anyone to play. If the middle school can’t hold sports, kids may still have the option to participate in those sports via Positively Hoops or club wrestling.
Click the link below to hear full comments from Mr. DiStefano to the BDUSD School Board on the status of Winter Sports in the district.
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