RENTON, Wash. (Monday, March 30,2015) - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board concluded its March meeting.
During the meeting, the Board took action on a number of items. The first approved motion was the spring allocations and draws. The allocations can be found HERE. The draws for tennis and softball will not be released until Sunday, May 24, after all of the teams have qualified. The draws for soccer and baseball will be posted along with the brackets by April 15.
The Board also approved on an experiment for the 2016 1B/2B State Wrestling Tournament to allow a 12-person entry instead of eight. In addition, the Board approved allocations for a 30-entry event for the 1B/2B Girls State Golf Tournament due to the fact that there were not enough schools that met the team definition for an eight-team entry and a 40-golfer event.
Regional baseball sites were approved for the spring and can be found HERE.
The 2015 Curt and Chee Chee Bruskland Award Recipient will be Jim Caughlin. Caughlin has staffed the pass gate at many WIAA State Championships including football, basketball, StarTrack and gymnastics for over 30 years. A former football player at Portland State University in the 1950's, Caughlin spent time as a counselor in Oregon before becoming the Director of the Lincoln Bowl. Caughlin will be recognized at the WIAA Coaches School for his services and efforts in supporting high school activities.
Finally, the Board expressed willingness to work with the superintendents group that is researching the possibility of returning to a 16-team basketball tournament format. The Board will provide data, committee membership and any other service the group requests. In return, the Executive Board has requested that the group includes a representative(s) from the Superintendents Advisory Committee.
The entire Executive Board action can be found below. For any questions about the Board action, please contact the WIAA Office. Full minutes of the meeting will be posted on the WIAA website.
- Directed staff to not approve any waivers of 18.19.0 for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools. Due to questions regarding the intent and implementation of this rule, the Executive Board will provide direction regarding this rule for 2015-16
- Approved new Handbook language for rule 17.12.2
- Minimum Practice Requirement: Each student is required to complete the minimum number of practices in a specific sport the day before participating in a game. The minimum number is included in the specific sport sections of the WIAA Handbook.
- Approved Year to Date Financials
- Approved on Second Reading 2015-16 Budget
- Approved Jim Caughlin as the Curt and Chee Chee Bruskland Award Recipient
- Approved Spring Allocations
- Approved Spring Draws
- Approved 1B/2B Girls Golf Allocations for a 30 entry event
- Approved WMEA rule changes for 2016
- Approved 1B/2B Wrestling Tournament Format Experiment for 2015-16
- Approved 1B/2B Wrestling Allocations Policy
- Directed Andy Barnes to get a full report from state golf committee on what team golf format looks like and report back in June
- Directed staff and legal counsel to investigate options for an accommodation at State Volleyball for the Saturday Sabbath schools
- Approved LaCrosse request to allow the school to combine with more than one school in a sport for the 2015-16 school year; the school district will need to determine the process by which families will select the school, with board support for the school closest to the family residence.
- Approved Regional Baseball Sites
- Approved State Track and Field Schedules
- Moved to acknowledge superintendent’s efforts to research the state basketball tournament format and request this group work with representatives of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and WASA’s Ad Hoc representative on the WIAA Executive Board.
- Took action to address a request by superintendent’s group that is working on returning to a 16 team basketball tournament
- Approved 2015-16 Calendar
The WIAA is a membership organization of over 800 schools from every corner of the state. Member schools set the structure, rules and regulations for five different activities and sixteen athletics programs at the high school and middle/junior high school level. WIAA staff helps interpret and oversee rule-making decisions and policies, assists member schools with questions and provides accessible and responsive assistance to help athletic and activities programs run smoothly. Learn more about the WIAA at www.wiaa.com.