Packerland Conference commissioner Terry Dooley released the following press release Thursday regarding a significant change to the spring high school sports season:
Due to spring weather conditions, the Packerland principals have determined that the conference championships for softball, baseball and (girls) soccer will be determined by the records gained through the second half of the scheduled season.
This determination has resulted from the fact that the WIAA playoffs are approaching and weather has remained problematic. In review, a couple of conference schools have held a conference game while most have not. All contests that have been held during the first half of the season will be treated as nonconference games. These games will still be important regarding the WIAA seeding meetings.
Additionally, this determination recognizes that second-round umpire and official contracts are set. With scheduling changes occurring in other area conferences, it will be difficult and uncertain to find dates where officials are available.
Finally, this determination considers the safety of student-athletes. Placing a large number of events into a single week or short period of time reduces recovery time and puts young athletes at-risk.
In cases dealing with softball and baseball, the coaches and athletic directors will be afforded the latitude to schedule a second contest immediately after the currently scheduled contests. In cases of doubleheaders, the first game will be played in its entirety as the conference game. The parameters of the second contest will be defined by the coaches and the contest will be recognized as nonconference.
This process is as messy as this year's spring weather, yet the modification reduces the pressure to complete every contest while affording Packerland baseball, softball and soccer athletes with equity to compete for a conference championship.