COVID-19 Resources


Covid-19 Guidelines

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 (2/10/2021)

The reduction by the CDC in December was created to get people back to work (masked and isolated) - so employees did not lose jobs and could make money to provide for their family and essential duties could be done/provided to the community.  To quote the CDC: "reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work" and "Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19".

The main rationale behind the new quarantine options is that transmission risk after 10 days (without testing) and 7 days (with testing) is an acceptable trade-off in order to (1) reduce the burden of a 14-day quarantine and (2) increase compliance (hopefully), as long as there is still strict symptom monitoring, mask use, and social distancing while in public through day 14.  As we know, social distancing is very difficult, if not impossible, for most athletic practices and competitions.

A membership survey was conducted and 28.5% of the respondents could not participate if the uniform 14 day quarantine was not applied during the WIAA tournaments.  Potentially excluding those members because they are adhering to the letter of the CDC guidelines would be wrong. In addition, 64.5% of schools are using the 14 day quarantine according to the membership survey.

In its final assessment, the Board of Control reaffirmed the 14-day quarantine protocol during the WIAA tournaments which was made based on feedback from the membership survey and the rationale by the CDC with strict symptom monitoring, mask use, and social distancing while in public through day 14.  The Board also recognized the need to have a single, uniform membership requirement to carry us through the tournament season.

For students exposed/close contact or positive - before tournament series begins -  must be quarantined 14 days before able to enter and play in tournament series. 

Reminder:  Cloth masks must be appropriately worn by all at the WIAA tournaments. (The blue disposable surgical masks are allowed.) The masks shall be worn as manufactured.  Mesh masks do not provide protection and are not allowed.

As many may have seen, preliminary spring guidelines were published in the WIAA Bulletin.  The spring Covid-19 guidelines are being finalized and will be sent the WIAA Sport Medical Advisory Committee for their review and approval.  We will inform athletic directors when they are posted on the web site.  Alternative Fall schools are to follow the guidelines from last fall.


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 guidelines
WIAA Spring 2021 Sport Considerations

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

Guidance Resources
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

Other Resources
Cardiopulmonary Considerations
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

Covid-19 Resources

Consistent with the Supreme Court Decision restricting schools from in person instruction and extracurriculars until July 1, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Associate has updated athletic participation limitations.
  • There will be no WIAA athletics at any member school from Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to Wednesday, July 1.  NOTE:  On May 13, 2020 in a Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision, it  "Public and private K-12 schools shall remain closed for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year."
  • This includes all participation including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
    • Schools and/or coaches may not bring students together during this time period for extracurricular or athletic purposes such as practices or other instructional/organizational purposes.
    • Schools and/or coaches may not be involved with students during this time period to provide instruction for practice purposes.
    • Coaches may provide individual workouts virtually, but shall not encourage or organize their team assembling to practice.
  • We are paying attention to the latest news regarding the Coronavirus and any information being circulated by the Center for Disease Control. 

People at Higher Risk

It is important that anyone who is at risk in certain age groups or with health concerns should not attend events.  People at higher risk for severe illness should stay home and away from large groups as much as possible. This includes public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant

Anyone who is sick should stay home. Don't go to work or school, and don't run errands. People who have been to an area where coronavirus is spreading within the past 14 days should not attend the event.

People should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Disinfecting sport balls

The link to the DHS Youth Sports guidelines:

CDC information relating to Youth Sports:

The following is a link to CDC information that provides guidance for groups and businesses:  Group and Business Plan & Response

The link below will connect you to the NCAA website for their latest information:  NCAA Coronavirus Resources

The following is information for schools from the Wisconsin DPI and CDC:
DPI Information on Coronavirus
CDC Coronavirus links
CDC Pandemic Flu Checklist 
Protecting Yourself and Others

Wisconsin Outbreaks and Investigations:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services - COVID-19
Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools in Wisconsin
Outbreaks in Wisconsin