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WIAA still working to provide athletes with some kind of spring season

Executive director says contingency plans being made, even if state events can't be held

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

Executive director Mick Hoffman said the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is doing all that it can to provide athletes some opportunity to compete this spring, while reminding everyone the situation around the coronavirus outbreak remains “very fluid.”

“Our current plans include a return by May 4 would allow us to provide some type of culminating events,” Hoffman said in a message posted on the WIAA website and social media channels Thursday afternoon. “In an ideal world, it would look no different than in previous years. However, that will be contingent upon facilities and officials being available. And that is a very fluid process.”

About an hour after Hoffman posted his update, Gov. Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4, meaning the earliest day school could resume is Tuesday, May 5.

The current WIAA calendar for spring sports would have first-round boys soccer state matches starting on May 19, regional round of baseball games on May 23, with the final championship weekend set for May 29-30.

“If we return back sometime after May 4, we have already begun some type of contingency planning with our (executive) board and our WIAA district directors to provide some type of competition in local areas or regionally,” Hoffman said.

That means if state tournaments or meets cannot be held for some sports, teams could still possibly compete for league, district or bi-district titles.

“Our goal is to give anybody that is interested in competing an opportunity to compete as planned,” Hoffman said. “Our ultimate goal is to provide every senior that senior game.”

Hoffman added that there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the future and ramifications of the current health crisis, but that the WIAA will continue to work diligently to provide opportunities for students.

“I also hope in the interim that you do your part,” Hoffman said. “That you stay home. You stay healthy and keep us all safe, so we can speed up this process with whatever control we have.”