As if college sports in our area weren’t already affected enough by COVID mandates, and now COVID-related transportation issues, here’s another one.
It seems that the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) has passed a “mandate” which, at least for basketball boys in colleges from next week, a twice-weekly COVID test is required if the player is not vaccinated.
The WIAA classifies basketball as a “high risk” sport for exposure to COVID.
According to USAFacts.org, at the end of June, 24 percent of people aged 12 to 17 in our state had START their vaccinations, but no data on the number of people vaccinated.
Although the data is several months old, the WSDOH says that end of May 2021, 3.6% of 12-15 year olds (college) had started or received at least one vaccine. The Seattle Times says that number rose to 41 percent in July.
These statistics are offered as they will have an impact on men’s basketball and other related winter sports covered by this WIAA mandate.
Libby Middle School and Highlands Middle School each posted information about their websites, or sent by e-mail. In each case, students who wish to play basketball (boys) will have to agree to undergo a COVID test twice a week, unless they are fully immunized. This will undoubtedly frighten a lot of potential players.
It is not yet known if this will affect women’s basketball, which is expected to happen later this winter.
However, this mandatory test dramatically increases the possibility of false positives, eliminating students from school for ten days to two weeks, unless they can get another negative test. It will also, according to some parents in Richland who have contacted us about this from Libby, cause significant disruption in sports programming.
Part of the current Highlands MS email reads:
“Boys ‘Basketball: If you play boys’ basketball, you will need to complete and return the attached COVID Test Consent Form before you can practice. If you do not submit the form, you will be sent home. You. The form is a consent to be tested for COVID 2 or more times per week in order to participate in boys’ basketball. This is a requirement of the WIAA, not our district or our school. We will have a teacher or a trainer who will be responsible for testing. “
So, it appears that if your child is among the 49% who state statistics show are not yet vaccinated, they will need to undergo a COVID test twice a week if they want to play basketball. male. It could also affect girls, wrestling, and other indoor sports.
Athletes who are more experienced and have certain skill levels may say it’s not worth it and instead choose to only play AAU. Each high school is affiliated with the AAU, and there are boys and girls teams from elementary to high school.
We will soon see what happens with the participation rates.