BOARD OF CONTROL ADDRESSES REALIGNMENT AT DECEMBER MEETING
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Conference realignment was the focus of action items voted on by the Board of Control at its December meeting today.
First consideration of two conference realignment proposals were approved and another plan was modified to receive first consideration at the Board meeting on Jan. 27, 2016.
The modified conference realignment plan involves 44 schools, five current conferences in the Milwaukee metro area and the Badger Conference that was introduced at the Greenfield Area Meeting in September.
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One of the realignment plans receiving support in its first consideration impacts the Rock Valley and Trailways Conferences. The proposed plan would go into effect for football only in the fall of 2016 and for all sports beginning in the fall of 2017. Palmyra-Eagle and Parkview would transition from the Rock Valley to Trailways, reducing the Rock Valley to 10 teams and increasing the Trailways to 24 teams. (Click Here for complete plan)
The second plan receiving initial approval would move Riverdale from the Southwest Wisconsin Athletic League to the Ridge & Valley Conference for football only beginning in 2016. (Click Here for complete plan)
Membership rules required a 40-day window for schools involved in realignment plans to appeal the first consideration of the Board before it takes final action. Thus, schools have until Jan. 13, 2016, to file an appeal of the initial vote. The Board will give final consideration of the two plans at its meeting on Jan. 27, 2016.
In other action, the Board granted a waiver in girls soccer for the 2016 season to permit a scrimmage after three practices to alleviate concerns with scheduling around spring holidays. The Board also voted to work with an outside group to develop a membership survey in an attempt to measure the membership's attitudes and perceptions related to seasonal placement and competition.
Among the other topics reviewed were the 2014-15 audit report, the fall tournaments and seasonal placements. The Board also received a liaison report from Tim Collins of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 510 senior high schools and 45 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 24 championship tournament series in 2015-16. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.
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