The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association continues to work in collaboration with the Department of Health Services and the WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee to provide guidance for increasing summer activities. Prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff remain the focus. These resources are subject to change with ongoing updates based on new information and changing conditions relative to Covid-19.
The WIAA believes it is essential to the physical and mental well-being of student-athletes in grades 6-12 to return to organized physical activity and build team relationships with their peers and coaches.
Each WIAA member school’s athletic department will operate with the approval of their school leadership in moving forward through any and all “Return to Play” guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin DHS, NFHS, and WIAA throughout the summer and fall.
It will be the decision of each local school district administrator to determine if they can safely conduct interscholastic athletic activities. If it is determined that a season can be safely conducted, it will be the responsibility of the member school to provide proper administrative supervision at contests to assure compliance with these guidelines. The district administrator is strongly encouraged to designate a single point of contact with the local/tribal health department.
UPDATE - Tournament Information (5/25/2021)
The Board supported an executive staff recommendation, in response to information revealed by a membership survey, to remove mask mandates for spectators from the COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor spring State Tournaments if appropriate social distancing can be attained. Masks are encouraged for everyone not participating if social distancing is difficult. Masks remain required for spectators for any competitions conducted indoors. In addition, the pandemic guidelines for quarantining after close contact with a confirmed case of the virus was reduced from 14 days to six days for the spring Tournament Series if symptom free. Furthermore, vaccinated student-athletes are not required to be quarantined for close contact if they are symptom free.
WIAA Spring 2021 Sport Considerations - Updated 4/19/21
WIAA Return to Fall/Alternate Fall Sport Considerations - Updated 4/6/21 (Cross Country competition language)
WIAA Winter Sport Considerations - These have been updated in accordance with new CDC guideline
Vaccinated Individuals Sports Guidelines
DHS Covid-19 School Testing Information
Contact/Symptom Checklist | WIAA Event Requirements & Symptom Verification
CDC Covid Symptoms Information
Medical Clearance Form – for Sports Participation After Positive Test or Symptoms of Covid-19 - updated in accordance with new CDC guidelines
Flow Chart to Determine Medical Clearance for Return to Play
Graduated Return to Play Form - Sample form
Cardiopulmonary Considerations for Student-Athletes
NFHS Officials' Considerations for Returning to Officiating
CDC Ventilation in Buildings
Culminating Events Attendance Policy-Winter Tournaments
Culminating Events Attendance Policy-Fall Tournaments
COVID-19 in Wisconsin High School Athletics - NEW | WIAA Support | UW Madison IRB
WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee (McGuine) Return to Play PowerPoint
Impact of School Closures on Sports Cancellations - Dr. Tim McGuine | Virtual Video Presentation
NFHS Guidance for Opening High School Athletics & Activities
NFHS Statement on Risk of Covid-19 During HS Sports
NCS4 Covid-19 Considerations for Sport Venues & Events
Marshfield Clinic Athletic Training Recommendations
WACPC Summer Guidance
Wilson Ball Disinfecting Recommendations
Spalding Ball Cleaning Recommendations
Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools in Wisconsin - UPDATED 12/17/20