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Big Eight Conference Discussing Possible Schedule Adjustments for Winter Sports

Madison (OnFocus) – Athletic Directors in the Big Eight Conference met and discussed several topics related to the winter sports season, one of which could have huge ripple effects throughout Wisconsin.

One of the items discussed was possible schedule adjustments, according to a press release from the conference.

Madison Memorial Athletic Director Jeremy Schlitz said in the release that “All schools are trying to make decisions while facing ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns, continuing to follow health and safety guidelines in Dane County and Rock County and adhering to their respective school district decisions about learning models and extracurricular activities.”

Schlitz noted that questions about conference and non-conference schedules — and potential altering of schedules — and policies for spectators at indoor events during the COVID-19 pandemic need to be answered and clarified.
The Big Eight release noted that  right now, schools couldn’t have indoor competitions under the current health and safety guidelines for Dane County, Schlitz said. Some winter sports begin in November.

“We appreciate the patience as we work through considerations and questions raised for our districts, public health and the WIAA as it relates to the WIAA winter sport season,” the Big Eight release said. “Discussion also occurred regarding alternate fall and spring schedules, sport contact days, streaming options, and collaboration on leadership, virtual connections, and sharing of best practices. No action was taken on any season regulations or conference bylaws.”

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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]