Brady Gotto

Jefferson’s Brady Gotto breaks up a pass against Whitewater in a Rock Valley Conference football game last season. The conference announced Friday that it would move the fall sports season to the springtime.

The Rock Valley Conference voted to delay its fall sports season until the conclusion of winter sports, according to a news release Friday.

“The Rock Valley Conference met earlier today to discuss a number of items related to fall sports,” the statement said. “It was decided by the conference to have the athletic directors of each school within the conference develop an equitable schedule for sports programs.”

“As a conference we just felt like starting school under these unusual circumstances and trying to do athletics at the same time was just not feasible or practical,” Jefferson Athletic Director Steve Gee said.

The release states the conference — which includes Jefferson and Whitewater — will delay the fall sports season to the conclusion of the winter sports season. Traditional spring sports will then start after the fall sports season concludes, according to the release from the 10-team conference.

Whitewater Athletic Director Justin Crandall said the logistics of the high-risk sports (football, volleyball and boys soccer) was one of the biggest reasons for the conference’s decision.

“There were too many logistics you had to worry about, figure out and have answers for, and we just didn’t have them,” Crandall said.

The Badger Conference also officially canceled fall sports competitions on Friday. However, Fort Atkinson still plans to have fall competition, but the games or matches will not be sponsored by the conference.

“We’re still going to have sports,” Fort Atkinson Athletic Director Steve Mahoney said. “Will we compete in some sports? Maybe not.”

For Jefferson, the school has no intention at all to compete in the fall currently, according to Gee.

“We just want to focus on school and offer what we can to our own kids after school,” Gee said.

Crandall said a meeting will take place Monday to discuss the possibility of fall sports in Whitewater.

“Nothing has been taken off the table completely,” Crandall said.

Both Gee and Crandall brought up the possibility of intramural sports at their respective high schools. Crandall noted if Whitewater did have intramural sports, it would be in-house only.

“We are committed to offering opportunities to our students, assuming it is safe and allowable as determined by public health,” the release continues. “The health and wellbeing of students, staff and families is of utmost priority. The decision made by the Rock Valley Conference was not made lightly and preserves the possibility of participating in typical fall activities in what we all hope is an environment less susceptible to the spread of COVID-19.”

This story was updated Sunday. 

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