Athletics and Activities

Tacoma Public Schools offers a variety of extracurricular activities for all interested students. It is our belief that participation in these activities helps our students achieve academic excellence.  Among our most popular extracurricular activities are the competitive athletic offerings available at both the high school and middle school level. 

We are pleased to announce that, under the guidance of the of the Governor’s Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), a number of sports will be able to start practice Feb. 1.

WIAA Athletics Update

The WIAA has updated its schedule, allowing sports traditionally run in the fall to begin Feb. 1, 2021.  All other seasons will be determined at a later date. Sports season start and end dates will be determined at the league level.

A seven-week season will start Feb. 1 for these high school sports: football, volleyball, cross country, girls soccer, girls swim and golf. Start dates for other sports have not yet been determined.

Guidelines for these athletic activities are established under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery. Under the new guidelines, Pierce County joins King and Snohomish counties to form the Puget Sound Region.

All regions in Washington began Phase 1 on Jan. 11. In order to move up phases, counties must improve four established health metrics. As that happens, more activities – including school sports – are allowed.

Working under the guidelines of the Governor’s plan, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) issued this document, Activities Allowed by Phases, Sport Risk and Venueoutlining the activities permitted during each phase, depending on the risk category of each respective sport.

Low Risk  Medium Risk High Risk

Cross Country (Boys and Girls)


Basketball (Boys and Girls)

Tennis (Boys and Girls)


Wrestling (Boys and Girls)

Golf (Boys and Girls)

Swim/Dive (Boys and Girls)


Track and Field (Boys and Girls)

Fast Pitch / Slow Pitch





Soccer (Boys and Girls)


WIAA Requirements

Facial coverings are required at all times for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 activities.

Outdoor Athletics

How can students participate in TPS athletics?

In order to participate in a sport, students must have forms indicating updated immunizations and a valid sports physical. Students with a life-threatening health condition must submit an updated health care plan, medications and orders to their school nurse for approval prior to participation. Find forms for those requirements here.

Student do not need to buy an ASB card to participate in these sports this year.

If you have any questions related to this information, please contact your school’s athletics director.

It is likely there will be more changes and updates as we move forward. Any additional updates will be communicated to school communities via their athletic directors.