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Bainbridge High School to join the Olympic League for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Bainbridge High School to join the Olympic League for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

As we all know, the pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of daily life — and now it’s even impacting high school athletic league alignment. 

Bainbridge Island School District announced that for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, its high school athletic programs will pivot from the Metro League and into the Olympic League, which is comprised of Bremerton, Kingston, North Kitsap, North Mason, Olympic, Port Angeles and Sequim. Additional schools and districts temporarily joining the Olympic League include South Kitsap, Central Kitsap, Shelton, Klahowya, Port Townsend and Chimacum. 

“This move should open up additional opportunities for our student-athletes during the current state of affairs and allows us to compete with other schools in our geographic region,” said Jim Corsetti, BISD Athletic Director. 

Earlier this month, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington Department of Health launched “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery” which divides the counties into regions. Bainbridge Island School District falls into the Northwest Region (which includes Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam and Mason counties). However, the Metro League is in the Puget Sound Region with Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. Simply put, by temporarily shifting its league affiliation from February through June 2021, BISD will be better aligned to participate in athletic competitions based on how the Northwest Region is faring and is not dependent on the Seattle metropolitan COVID-19 rates.  

“There will be more to come in the coming days and weeks,” Corsetti said. “The Olympic League is trying to have every sport remain in the seasonal order. For example, the ‘fall season’ for the Olympic League is set to begin on February 1st for Cross Country, Football, Girls Soccer, Volleyball and Girls Swim and Dive.”

The Northwest Region (as well as the rest of the state) remains in Phase 1 of the “Healthy Washington Sport and Activity Guidelines”. Phase 1 allows for certain athletic activities such as practicing and training. Phase 2 allows for competitions. 

To move forward from Phase 1 to Phase 2, regions must meet all four metrics: 

  1. Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%) 2. Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%) 
  2. ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90% 
  3. COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10% 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to temporarily participate with our friends in the Olympic League,” Corsetti said. “I look forward to getting the Spartans back into their athletic seasons.”