Hermiston needing half of opponents to play

RENTON, WASHINGTON – The athletic teams of Hermiston High School are ready to start competition. However, to start the season, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association ruled Monday, November 2, 50 percent of the Bulldogs opponents also must be ready to go in order for the season to take place.

Using COVID metrics, the executive board of the WIAA ruled 50 percent of schools in a region (by classification) must be eligible to participate. If less than 50 percent of schools are able to compete in specific sports, the board will make an adjustment to the scheduled season in an attempt to gain additional time for schools to meet the guidelines.

The final decision on a season will be made three weeks prior to the start of the season.

In a release discussing the decision, the WIAA also had the following to end season play:

“Each sport will conclude with a WIAA Regional culminating event during the final week of its scheduled season. The minimum requirement to hold a regional event is eight participating schools within a single classification of a Region. If a classification cannot meet that requirement, they will have the option to combine with another classification in the Region for the culminating event.”

Hermiston will make a preliminary report of COVID numbers on November 27 with a decision by the association to go forward or reschedule seasons scheduled for December 4. The listing of opponents for the Bulldogs will be made December 11 with the first day of practice set for December 28.