FWPS athletes to begin in-person practices Feb. 18

The North Puget Sound League, which includes Federal Way schools, will have three distinct sports seasons beginning March 8.

Starting Feb. 18, student-athletes in the Federal Way Public Schools district can begin in-person conditioning for upcoming sports seasons.

Return dates for in-person practices and official sports seasons were announced by the school district on Feb. 5.

The Federal Way district is offering weekly conditioning workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 18 at every high school. Students may attend two sessions a week for one hour per day. Options include Session 1 from 3-4 p.m. or Session 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Athletes must complete a health screening each day of attendance prior to participating in the conditioning session, according to the district.

Conditioning practices are open to all student-athletes regardless of their sports season. During practice, groups will be limited to pods of five people, said Kassie Swenson, chief of communications for FWPS.

All athletes and coaches must wear masks at all times while on campus and participating in conditioning, Swenson said.

The schools in the North Puget Sound League (NPSL) include Kentwood, Kentridge, Kentlake, Kent-Meridian, Auburn, Auburn Riverside, Auburn Mountainview, Decatur, Thomas Jefferson, Todd Beamer, Federal Way, Kennedy Catholic, Mount Rainier and Tahoma.

As part of the NPSL, Federal Way will have three distinct sports seasons beginning March 8.

• Season 1 (March 8 – April 17): Football (March 1), cross-country, girls soccer, volleyball, girls swim/dive, and boys and girls golf.

• Season 2 (April 12 – May 22): Baseball, fastpitch, boys soccer, girls tennis, track, and boys swim.

• Season 3 (May 17 – June 26): Boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, gymnastics (May 10), dance, cheerleading, bowling, and boys tennis.

All sports season dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 rates in the region, and in accordance with the Public Health — Seattle and King County and Governor’s Office guidelines, the district reported. Information on middle school sports will be communicated once available.

A student and parent information meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 11.