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WVSSAC Sets Winter Calendar

Girls can play Jan. 22, boys Jan. 29

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has set its winter sports calendar.

Bernie Dolan confirmed Wednesday afternoon that girls basketball can officially tip off its season on Jan. 22 and the boys can begin a week later.

To make sure that teams are able to play as many regular season games as possible, obviously, the regular-season calendar has been extended.

Because of that extension, the West Virginia state girls basketball tournament will tip off at the Charleston Civic Center on Tuesday, March 30 and the four title games are April 3.

The boys tournament will go one week later, starting on April 6 and concluding with the four state title games on April 10.

The wrestling season will begin the week of Jan. 25 and its state tournament will be spread over four days in Huntington.

The A/AA schools will compete over two days and then the AAA schools will move in for two days.

That event will run from March 17-20.

State swimming, meanwhile, will remain at West Virginia University and be held on Thursday, March 18 and conclude the next day.

All winter sports in West Virginia can begin and/or resume practicing on Jan. 11.

Girls basketball and swimming had already started their respective workouts when Gov.

Jim Justice called for a pause until January because of the spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the Mountain State.

The SSAC is crediting the girls basketball teams with the four days of practice they already put in toward their mandatory 14, which remains in effect for boys basketball and wrestling.

Dolan cautioned, however, that the calendar could be revised again should Justice opt to further push back the start date.

“A lot can happen in six weeks,” Dolan cautioned. “I know people are excited to start working on their schedules, but who knows if we’re done making changes?”

As athletic directors and coaches begin rebuilding their schedules, Sunday is an available option for both practices and games this winter. Teams wishing to utilize a Sunday, however, must submit their request to Dolan for approval.

“Normally, we have to go to our board for Sunday, but during the COVID period, they’ve given me the right to say OK or no,” Dolan said.

Each time a school wishes to use Sunday, it must submit a request.

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