STEVENS POINT (WLUK) – Tuesday was the deadline for WIAA schools to declare to participate in the fall sports season or the alternative fall sports season beginning March 8 and among the fall sports, 68 percent opted to play football in fall, while 82 percent of boys and girls cross country teams also opted for the tradition fall sports season.
Among those schools in Northeast Wisconsin not playing football are the biggest conferences in the area -- the Fox River Classic Conference and the Fox Valley Association.
In July, the Board of Control voted to maintain fall interscholastic opportunities with a delayed start in all fall sports except cross country, as well as an alternate opportunity for schools unable to start and administer the traditional fall season. The sports of girls golf, girls tennis, girls swimming and diving and boys and girls cross country were permitted to begin practice with prescribed acclimatization protocol Aug. 17. The earliest practice date for the traditional fall sports of football, boys soccer, and boys and girls volleyball is Sept. 7.
The Executive Staff is utilizing the data to create innovated post-season opportunities for a tournament format or a culminating event. Here is the breakdown of the percentages and the number of schools that have declared for either the fall season or the alternate fall season next spring:
Boys Cross Country – 82% (348 Fall), 18% (76 Alternate Fall)
Girls Cross Country – 82% (346 Fall), 18% (75 Alternate Fall)
8-Player Football – 81% (38 Fall), 19% (9 Alternate Fall)
Girls Golf – 74% (129 Fall), 26% (46 Alternate Fall)
Girls Volleyball – 74% (353 Fall), 26% (121 Alternate Fall)
Girls Tennis – 73% (150 Fall), 27% (55 Alternate Fall)
11-Player Football – 68% (256 Fall), 32% (121 Alternate Fall)
Boys Soccer – 64% (181 Fall), 36% (101 Alternate Fall)
Girls Swimming &Diving –63% (88 Fall), 37% (51 Alternate Fall)
Boys Volleyball – 63% (38 Fall), 37% (22 Alternate Fall)