Jeremy Schlitz

          Jeremy Schlitz

            District Athletic
            Director

PLEASE SEE HERE FOR AN UPDATE ON MMSD’s PLAN AND SCHEDULE FOR A PHASED RETURN TO IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES


The Madison Metropolitan School District Athletics Program is considered an integral part of the secondary educational program. Our vision is that MMSD athletics provides equitable programming opportunities that support the District’s vision to prepare all students for college, career, and community.   Athletics play an integral role in community building and identity of Madison schools and support the development of commitment, reliability, honesty, integrity, accountability, and perseverance in each of our student athletes. Through participation in co-curricular athletics programs, students strive to become better students, athletes, leaders, and citizens.

Our purpose is to provide unique educational experiences that will contribute to the development of better citizens. Emphasis is upon the teaching "through" athletics in addition to teaching the "skills of" athletics.

The Madison athletic program provides a wide range of opportunities for all students who desire to participate in Interscholastic athletics at Madison high schools.  For school-specific information, the websites for each athletic department is located in the "Contact Information" link to the left.

Athletics & Co-curricular FAQ

Athletics Timeline

Phased in Plan for High School Athletics and Co-curricular

Start dates

Activity

After 4pm activities

Week of 3/15

Girls tennis and cross country

Start Individual small group contact

Week of 3/22

Track & Field, Boys tennis

Start Individual small group contact

Week of 3/29

Spring Break schedule

Softball, baseball, soccer

(Likely offsite on turf)

Small group team activities maintaining 6 ft at all times

Week of 4/5

Cross country, girls golf, girls tennis

Potential competitions within MMSD schools

Week of 4/12

Co-curricular clubs

Outdoor after school options

Week of 4/19

Start WIAA spring sports

Outdoor only activities

Week of 5/17 thru 6/10

Indoor and protective equipment sports

Contact days and culminating events

  • Contact days (small group)

    Season Dates

    Football

    5/24-6/11

    Virtual

    Girls Swim and Dive

    5/24-6/11

    Virtual

    Girls Golf

    none/virtual

    3/29-5/18

    Girls Tennis

    3/15-3/26

    3/29-4/24

    Boys Soccer

    3/29-4/9

    4/19-5/14

    Cross Country

    3/15-4/2

    4/5- 5/7

    Volleyball

    5/24-6/11

    Virtual

    Track & Field

    3/22- 4/9

    4/19-6/26

    Softball

    3/29-4/9

    4/19 - 6/30

    Baseball

    3/29-4/9

    4/19-7/2

    Boys Tennis

    3/22-4/2

    5/3-6/26

    Boys Golf

    none/virtual

    4/19-6/15

    Girls Soccer

    3/29-4/16

    4/26-6/26

    Boys Swim and Dive

    5/17-5/23

    complete virtual

    Gymnastics

    5/17-5/23

    complete virtual

    Wrestling

    5/17-5/23

    complete virtual

    Basketball

    5/17-5/23

    complete virtual

    Hockey

    5/17-5/23

    complete virtual

    Pom/Cheer

    5/17-6/11

    complete virtual

  • These will be optional and small group activities where 6 ft of distance is maintained at all times allowing us to pilot mitigation strategies and systems.

  • These dates will be as we look to phase in program practices and potentially competitions

  • Based on our medical advisors and NFHS phased reopening guidance indoor activities and sports with high contact and use protective equipment have a higher transmissibility. Additionally, we will not use indoor spaces or locker rooms as the buildings prepare to open for all students for instruction and the increased spread potential in those environments. We hope to provide activities for all programs at some point during this spring.

  • We would advise students to prioritize the Spring season activities over contact days as we phase-in for the most robust experience, students are only able to participate in one co-curricular activity at a time.

  • Like in-person instruction, we plan to use a phased approach to restarting in-person athletics and all co-curricular activities. Our medical advisory team reviews and provides feedback weekly on appropriate timing and mitigation strategies. We also have a coach and student advisory that is providing feedback.

  • Based on the schedule and cohorting of groups there may be restrictions on who gets to participate in activities on certain days depending on if they are in-school that day or coming from home and gathering size limits, activities taking place unattached to the in-person school day reduce contacts and gatherings so may be feasible.

  • Competition status will be determined on a sport specific basis by March 26th, participation in end-of-season WIAA competitions will be determined 30 days prior to the end of the specific season.

  • If we do not return to in-person activities prior to the end of the WIAA calendar, dates we will provide in-person contact days as allowable near the end of the school year. This will be communicated by March 26th at the latest and it will be specific to sport.

  • We are working on identifying similar ways to phase in all co-curricular events focusing on outdoor opportunities similar to Spring sports.

  • Phased approach, field conditions and weather more likely to be usable, acclimatization and resumption of activity is gradual. Spring sports also lost the Spring 2020 season, so we are focusing on them while still giving all students opportunities this school year to reconnect in person with their desired activities.