WIAC to Resume Spring Sports This Year

Spring sports athletes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) will take the field for the first time In almost a year, after the conference announced Wednesday it will proceed with spring competitions in 2021.

The announcement means a return-to-play for baseball, women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, softball, and women’s tennis.

WIAC baseball and softball teams got about a month of games in to begin the 2020 season, before the season was shut down after March 14th. Other sports like track & field and golf did not compete at all in 2020.

A press release says that teams will be allowed to schedule games against non-conference opponents, and each sport will have a conference champion awarded. All games will follow health and safety guidelines put in place by the NCAA Sports Science Institute Resocialization Guidelines, along with state, university and local health department guidelines.

A decision about having fans in the stands will be made later, according to the league.

“I am extremely excited that our spring sports student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete after experiencing a shortened season a year ago,” WIAC Commissioner Danielle Harris said. “I would like to thank UW System President Tommy Thompson, as well as all of our chancellors and administrators for their tireless work in making this possible.”