Green Bay and Appleton public schools will be playing fall sports in the spring, and that could have an impact on whether area schools lace up their cleats. It will become more difficult for conference schools like NEW Lutheran to justify forging ahead when its peers are shutting down. There are deep roots in the Packerland for several sports. Keeping competition local and limiting travel across county lines can work for football and volleyball. It will be much tougher to pull off for soccer.
Some contact sports will struggle to transfer to the spring. Having two football seasons in six months has never been tried before, and it will take a toll physically on the boys who play it. If a student-athlete has a chance at playing in college, will they be willing to risk injury knowing they would not be recovered for their freshman year? The same holds true for volleyball. Could the Packerland Conference push just one contact sport back, or would it have to treat all of them equally? Lots of questions as members meet Tuesday for what Commissioner Mike Holtz expects to be a lengthy discussion.