WIAA Board of Control Outlines Attendance Policy at Each Sport’s Culminating Event

Stevens Point (OnFocus) – The WIAA approved at its October Board of Control several changes and accommodations to schools in the wake of the ongoing pandemic.

One of these changes is the policy for culminating events in each sport, how schools are to handle attendance.

Details from the WIAA policy:

  • Attendance priority considerations should be given to actual participants and coaches. Each host, when possible, is to provide the opportunity for all members of each team’s travel party (as defined in Admission Policies – Tournament Regulations) to receive paid admissions for 4-5 spectators, or an overall admission limited by social distancing requirements (i.e. overall attendance shall not exceed a maximum capacity while still maintaining minimum 6ft. separation spacing for individuals and/or family groups)
  • Tickets must be equally distributed between participating schools. If a team does not need their full allotment of tickets, they will be made available to the opposing team(s)
  • Hosting preference will be given to those whose local health and district policy provides the ability to accommodate these parameters. If the host team is unable to meet the spectator parameters at their home facility, they may host at another facility. If no alternate location can be secured by the home team, the WIAA should be notified immediately and the event will be moved to the opposing school’s facility (or an alternate location). In the event that neither team can meet the spectator requirement, the event will remain with the original host.
  • Hosts shall consult with their local health department when determining whether or not they can meet the spectator requirements listed above.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

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]