PARKERSBURG, WV (WBOY) – High school sports this fall have looked and been conducted differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will remain the case this winter.
The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has posted all modifications to all winter sports — basketball, swimming and wrestling — on its website.
Each sport will have its own individual article outlining changes. Those articles can be found here:
Below are some of the most notable changes for each sport.
- There will be no jump balls this year. Instead, the visiting team will receive possession to begin each game, with possession alternating at the start of each quarter.
- Pre-game and post-game handshakes will not happen between teams.
- Only head coaches and the head referee will attend pre-game meetings at mid-court. In the past, player captains for each team would also be in the meeting.
- Swimmers are instructed to arrive at the venue in their competition attire.
- Face coverings are to be worn by athletes (except for when participating in events), coaches, meet officials, timers and spectators.
- All weigh-ins will be conducted at each respective school prior to leaving for the event.
- Athletes, coaches, and everyone at floor level must wear a face covering.
- Elimination of post-match handshakes.
- A shower or wipe down is required after each match for wrestlers.
For a complete look at modifications that will be in place for each sport this winter, click on the sport’s modifications link above.