A collection of sports shorts including prep, amateur and professional sports:
•While the WIAA will allow spring sports teams to have “contact days” in July where they can have practices, competitions, etc., as some sort of reward, some school districts are reluctant to do this. Madison is one of those.
Madison Metropolitan School District athletic director Jeremy Schlitz says that there will be no summer coach-athlete contact and facility availability for athletic teams at the four MMSD high schools "through July at a minimum," due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That decision shuts down facilities through the weekend before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of high school football practice activities, with other fall sports scheduled to begin practices soon afterward. For at least the foreseeable future, Schlitz wrote, that contact will remain virtual (online) only. Furthermore, all MMSD sporting facilities and fields will remained closed through the end of July, other than required maintenance.
That’s an important deadline, because Aug. 3 is the WIAA’s scheduled date for equipment handouts and physical fitness testing, with the first actual practice set for Aug. 4. Opening games are scheduled for Aug. 20-22.
Because of the WIAA rule requiring at least 14 separate days of practice before a game can be played, any delay to the start of practice could mean a delay or shortening of the regular season.
Locally, Kiel boys and girls track had indicated some hope of doing some type of practice and possible varsity/alumni competition in July. No word on whether Chilton, New Holstein or Stockbridge spring teams will be coming back.
•The Wisconsin State Golf Association has announced several changes to its 2020 competition schedule, including the cancellation of all Senior Tour events.
Also canceled was the Wisconsin-Minnesota Senior Cup Matches, set for Oct. 5-6 at Blackwolf Run in Haven. Some other WSGA events were pushed to later dates.
The senior events were canceled because the WSGA’s new safety measures would have made the heavily attended, shotgun-start events logistically unfeasible. Some of the regulations include one rider per cart (unless two players are from the same household) and one cart per team, with physical distancing required.
The first WSGA tournament event on the schedule is a Match Play Championship qualifying event, set for June 9 at Stevens Point Country Club.
Area events remaining on the schedule include the Senior Four-Ball Championship, June 29-30 at Bishops Bay Country Club; the Senior Match Play Championship, July 6-8 at Blackhawk; the Mid-Amateur Championship, Sept. 15-16 at Wild Rock Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells; and the Net Partners Championship, Sept. 29 at Wild Rock.
Also still on the schedule are WSGA match play qualifying events on June 11 at Watertown Country Club and June 17 at Reedsburg Country Club; Wisconsin State Amateur Championship qualifiers at Riverside Golf Course in Janesville on June 29, The Legend at Bergamont in Oregon on July 1; and The Oaks in Cottage Grove on July 15; and Net Partners Championship qualifiers at The Oaks on July 17 and Watertown Country Club on Sept. 3.
The WSGA Women’s Amateur Championship remains scheduled for July 20-21 at Blackhawk Country Club, and the Senior Women’s Four-Ball Championship is still scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at Glen Erin Golf Club in Janesville.
The Wisconsin State Senior Open remains scheduled for Sept. 8-9 at Nakoma Golf Club in Madison.
The Wisconsin Professional Golf Association’s 2020 schedule was slated to begin last week at Mequon’s North Shore Country Club, but the event will be rescheduled following a rainout. The next event on the schedule is the Spring Pro-Pro Better Ball, set for Tuesday at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine.