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Badger Conference decides against participating in extended spring sports contact period this summer

Badger Conference decides against participating in extended spring sports contact period this summer

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The Badger Conference has decided it won’t participate in the extended spring sports contact period permitted by the WIAA in July and possibly August.

Badger Conference administrators — including superintendents, principals and athletic directors — made the joint decision, which was announced Thursday in a release from Milton athletic director Brian Hammil, who’s the conference athletic directors’ president.

“Again, we express our sadness for our student-athletes and coaches, who have worked so hard in preparation of the season,” Hammil wrote. “This decision will allow closure for our seniors and we wish them the best of luck moving forward.

“The Badger Conference will also continue to support all of our student-athletes and coaches through the end of the school year. We hope everyone remains safe and healthy. We will be back stronger than ever, when the time is right.”

In April, the WIAA Board of Control announced it voted to cancel 2020 spring sports competitions and state tournaments but it allowed spring coaches 30 days of summer contact, if they include seniors. Practice rules still had to be followed and contact must follow the governor’s orders.

In response to that later in April, the Big Eight Conference said it will not hold conference competitions this spring or through the expanded unrestricted summer contact period for spring sports.

The conference, in a statement from its athletic directors, indicated it “will support all schools in their local decisions and follow the guidance of the WIAA and local public health officials” and encouraged people in school communities to watch out for student-athletes, coaches and families and their mental health during this difficult time.

In addition, the Madison Metropolitan School District announced in a statement that it “will not be providing the unrestricted spring contact summer option to allow for closure for our seniors and move forward.”

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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