The governing body of high school sports in Washington state has decided to move the football season to spring of 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Seattle Times reports the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association on Tuesday night announced the delaying of the season.
For the 2020-21 school year, cross country, slowpitch softball, girls swimming and golf and tennis will be in the fall.
The WIAA will take a break during November and December, and in early January the normal winter sports – basketball, bowling, boys swimming and diving, gymnastics, cheerleading and wrestling – will take place.
The football season would now run from early March into May. Moving football, which officials say is considered high-risk for COVID-19 exposure, would it allow games to be played when the outbreak might be better under control.
However officials acknowledged that even the sports considered low risk now slated for the fall could see their seasons pushed back.
Executive Board president Greg Whitmore said, that those sports could be pushed into spring and no sports are played in Washington before January if the virus is still spiking across the state. (AP)