Fall sports in the spring will be a challenge

Playing fall sports in the spring could be a challenge. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- When the WIAA created alternative fall sports it sounded like a good idea for those schools not comfortable playing in the fall due to COVID-19.

You have the option to move to the spring, but there could be a problem for those athletes who play multiple sports.

"There would be some overlap of about four or five weeks in some sports, kids would be stretched thin, injuries could occur," Southern Door athletics director Korey Mallien said. "We're not like a big school that has one-sport athletes, that has the facilities to accommodate multiple events and different events at the same time."

While athletes might be pushed, another issue surrounds football, boys soccer and boys and girls cross country. They prefer outside practices and compete outside, but what about those schools that don't have the practice space or turf?

Furthermore, girls tennis is mainly outside and if players can't practice outside, can they practice inside? Boys and girls volleyball will also be practicing, so can schools afford to secure indoor court time?

"It's going to be taxing on facilities, as far as opening them up and clearing off the snow, and making sure we can get those games in, so that is going to be a challenge," Ashwaubenon athletics director Nick Senger said.

West De Pere is moving forward with fall sports and quarterback Josh Blount is happy his team can play when football normally plays.

"I couldn't imagine squeezing it all into spring," Blount said. "We're lucky to half turf, but especially the schools that aren't lucky enough to have the facilities and everything like that so it's really nice to be playing in the fall."

Menasha football is also playing in the fall and coach Jeramie Korth also sees issues with spring sports. However, he mentions schools like Kimberly and Kaukauna could have an edge as they have an indoor practice facility.

"That would be an advantage, especially in March to have an indoor facility or turf," he said. "I don't know how that's going to work out and shake out but I think the maintenance crews will have a lot to do in the couple months over the summer to get those fields back in shape by the fall."

Looks like alternative fall sports will be a challenge.


(start and end dates)

Cross Country-Boys &Girls (March 15 - Week of May 3*)

Football (March 8 - Week of May 3*) -- Earliest first game is March 24

Girls Golf (March 29 - Week of May 17*)

Boys Soccer (March 22 - Week of May 10*)

Girls Swimming &Diving (Feb. 15 - Week of April 5*)

Girls Tennis (March 8 - Week of April 26*)

Volleyball - Boys & Girls (Feb. 22 - Week of April 12*)

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