WVSSAC releases modifications for all winter sports

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – High school sports this fall have looked and been conducted differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will remain the case this winter.

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has posted all modifications to all winter sports — basketball, swimming and wrestling — on its website.

Each sport will have its own individual article outlining changes. Those articles can be found here:

Below are some of the most notable changes for each sport.


  • There will be no jump balls this year. Instead, the visiting team will receive possession to begin each game, with possession alternating at the start of each quarter.
  • Pre-game and post-game handshakes will not happen between teams.
  • Only head coaches and the head referee will attend pre-game meetings at mid-court. In the past, player captains for each team would also be in the meeting.


  • Swimmers are instructed to arrive at the venue in their competition attire.
  • Face coverings are to be worn by athletes (except for when participating in events), coaches, meet officials, timers and spectators.


  • All weigh-ins will be conducted at each respective school prior to leaving for the event.
  • Athletes, coaches, and everyone at floor level must wear a face covering.
  • Elimination of post-match handshakes.
  • A shower or wipe down is required after each match for wrestlers.

For a complete look at modifications that will be in place for each sport this winter, click on the sport’s modifications link above.

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