Once the swimming season officially wraps up on Nov. 22, there will be nearly a two-month gap before the start of winter sports at Kodiak High.
At its Monday work session, the Alaska School Activities Association mapped out the remainder of the 2020-21 sports calendar — except for wrestling, which will be decided at its December meeting.
The basketball season will be delayed a month as teams can begin practicing on Jan. 11, with games to tip on Jan. 22. The 3A/4A state tournament will be March 24-27, while the 1A/2A tournament will go from March 31 to April 3.
In a non-COVID year, Kodiak’s basketball programs would have already started preseason training for the December start. This year, they wait. The announcement of a new start date gives coaches hope that a season will take place.
“They (ASAA) are optimistic, and I think we have to be that way, too,” Kodiak boys basketball coach David Anderson said.
Last year’s basketball season was cut short as ASAA canceled the state tournament because of the pandemic. The Northern Lights Conference Championship was also canceled. There hasn’t been a high school athletic event — outside of intrasquad team events — for Kodiak High since the basketball season was shut down in March.
Anderson is eager to take the court again.
“We will push everything back a month and a half,” he said. “It is going to be different.”
In October, ASAA canceled all fall state championship events but allowed for regional competitions to continue through Nov. 22. The state cross country championships took place before ASAA’s decision.
The Kodiak Island Borough School District issued a no-travel mandate for its fall sports teams, leaving coaches searching for ways to keep practices competitive. All of the coaches created intrasquad competitions or brought in community members to scrimmage.
Kodiak High’s football, cross country, tennis and volleyball seasons have closed, while the swimming season will end soon.
Start dates for other KHS sports
• E-sports moved to Feb. 1, with the state event concluded on or before May 1.
• Track and Field can begin practicing on March 22, with the state championship May 28 and 29.
• Baseball and softball can begin practicing on March 22, with the state championships June 3-5.
• Soccer can begin practicing March 22, with the state championship May 27-29.