The start of Southern California’s longest and biggest heat wave of the year arrives Wednesday, which means high school sports programs are in preparation mode to protect their athletes while continuing to hold or modify events.

In the Los Angeles Unified School District, it will be up to school administrators to make decisions on events and practices while consulting with district personnel, but everyone will be checking the heat index (how it really feels when

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The announcement last week from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has put everyone into scramble mode — high school athletes, coaches and especially, athletic directors.

Last Wednesday, the WIAA Executive Board announced that it was planning to move forward with its proposed calendar bring back prep sports on Feb. 1. But instead of traditional winter sports starting as originally planned, fall sports were moved to the front of the line.

That twist caught many by

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