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April 16 update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 16 update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Next update: April 24


The Big 8 Conference supports the fact that education-based athletics are a privilege, not a right, which requires an added level of responsibility for those that administer them. You will see this in some of the information provided below. When school is allowed to resume in person, some decisions related to athletics and extra-curriculars may be different than those related strictly to the operation of schools.

We continue to get regular updates and guidance from Public Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and communicate with the WIAA to make sure we get correct information out as soon as we can. You can expect the next update of timelines and information related to the status of Big 8 athletics on Friday April 24th when the new Safer at Home order takes effect and follows the WIAA Board of Control decisions related to spring sports.

When schools are closed or school facilities are closed, we will not hold practice, nor encourage students to group together or practice without a coach.

We will not hold Big 8 Conference competitions this spring. We will support all schools in their local decisions and follow the guidance of the WIAA which has paused spring sports in accordance with the statewide school closure. As a conference we would encourage adoption of a standard summer contact date for all WIAA schools of June 1, 2020 at the latest to allow for consistent out season contact dates across the state.

For out-of-season sports, as with any "normal" offseason, programs for individual training or workouts may be shared - such as stretching, flexibility, and warm-up routines, strength and speed training, conditioning, and mental preparation/sport psychology resources - so long as it can be completed individually and follows normal WIAA Coaching Contact rules.

The WIAA Spring Season Practice Start date has been reached for each sport and at this time coaches may continue to provide direct, virtual individual coaching (via GoogleClassroom, Hudl, Zoom, or other shared online spaces) to those student-athletes that have completed all eligibility requirements (check with the Athletic Office of your school for full information and confirmation of eligibility).


Thank you.
The Big Eight Conference

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