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With the latest announcement from the WIAA, traditional spring sports like track and field are scheduled to start in March. Under the Northwest Conference's current plan, spring sports are scheduled to start March 22. (File photo)

After some more shuffling, the dates for traditional winter and spring sports have been set by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. 

At its meeting Tuesday, the WIAA Executive Board voted for Season 2 to consist of traditional spring sports. Those sports, which include baseball, softball, boys soccer and track and field, can start practices March 15 with the season ending May 1. 

The usual winter sports will round out the school year and are scheduled to begin April 26 and end on June 12. Those sports include basketball, wrestling, bowling, gymnastics and boys swimming. 

The decision comes with the hopes of creating the greatest chance for all high school athletes to compete in all sports this school year. This gives time for coronavirus transmission rates to drop for high-risk sports like basketball and wrestling.

“Based on the risk levels assigned to traditional winter activities compared to traditional spring activities, the Executive Board made the decision that those spring activities will have the opportunity to play much earlier than winter activities,” WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman said. “The board will continue to monitor the status of activities over the coming months to ensure that those traditional spring sports receive a chance to participate.”

However, leagues and conferences have the ability to reschedule seasons to best fit their communities. 

The Northwest Conference has a plan in place for traditional spring sports to start March 22 with the season ending May 9. Winter sports are scheduled to start May 10 and end June 20.

Competition for moderate and high-risk sports can begin when a region reaches Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan while low-risk sports can start in Phase 1. 

No region in the state has currently reached Phase 2, but metrics are reassessed weekly by the state.