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After some worry and concern the Lakeland Conference schools have agreed to go forward with the fall sports season with a few changes.

Earlier this summer the WIAA voted to allow schools to make their own decision on fall sports. Some conferences have moved their sports back to spring, but the conference communicated with superintendents, principals, athletic directors and coaches and decided to have sports in the fall.

“The schools of the Lakeland Conference have been working hard to find the best course of action for fall sports,” a statement said. “The primary focus of this discussion was the safety of our student athletes, their families, their coaches, and their fans.”

Officials outlined rules for practices, games, championships and rules for spectators being allowed into sporting events.

  • School passes will be issued to the immediate family of each athlete. Only those with passes will be allowed into a facility.
  • A maximum of 6 tickets will be issued per student.
  • Passes are not transferable.
  • Pass holders will not be charged admission this fall of 2020.
  • Depending upon current conditions at the time of an event, and guidelines/regulations issued by county and state health departments, this policy could/will change.

Football

11-player football practice will begin on Sept. 7 with scrimmages being planned for Sept. 18. The already scheduled Sept. 25 conference games will be played. Games prior to Sept. 25 will be rescheduled for late October and early November.

8-player football is on a similar schedule with Sept. 18 scrimmages being scheduled soon with conference games started Sept. 25. Games scheduled on Sept. 18 will be played on Oct 23.

Volleyball

Volleyball games will begin on Sept. 15 with practice started the week before on Sept. 7. Scrimmages are being planned for Sept. 12.

Schools will be responsible for rescheduling games that were scheduled before Sept. 15.

Cross Country

Cross County practice started on Aug. 17 with matches beginning on Aug. 25. The conference meet will be held at Bruce on Oct. 13.

The release did not address girls golf.

For junior varsity and middle school sports schools will schedule those games, meets and matches. Schools were advised to play nearby schools rather than following a strict division schedule.

All conference teams will be chosen the same way as previous years. It is unclear how championships will be awarded. The release laid out two plans.

Conference Champions will be awarded if a full schedule is played or a consensus can be reached by the conference schools in that division.

“The schools took into account the recent plans shared by the WIAA as well as insights and ideas communicated by all groups of the Conference: superintendents, principals, athletic directors, and coaches. After much discussion, the Lakeland Conference approved the adoption of the WIAA plans for fall sports with some specific additions.”