WIAA MEMBERSHIP APPROVES AMENDMENTS AT ANNUAL MEETING

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WIAA MEMBERSHIP APPROVES AMENDMENTS AT ANNUAL MEETING

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The membership of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association passed six amendments to its Constitution, Bylaws and Rules of Eligibility at the 2016 Annual Meeting today in Stevens Point.

The new rules will become effective upon publication of the next issue of the Bulletin, which is scheduled for May 27, 2016.

The membership voted 417-4 in favor of the amendment that requires a member school to maintain administrative control and oversight of at least one independently sponsored interscholastic athletic program or co-op program throughout the duration of its membership.

Two amendments relating to eligibility to serve on the Board of Control and the Advisory Council both received passage by the membership. Part-time administrators, assistant administrators, high school principals or assistant high school principals of member schools will now be eligible to serve on the Board of Control and Advisory Council. The vote in reference to serving on the Board passed 256-155, with support for part-time status serving on the Advisory Council reflected in a 366-47 vote.

The membership approved extending non-varsity eligibility to students transferring before or during their fifth or sixth semesters following entry into the ninth grade if approved by both schools directly involved. The new rule provides 11th graders eligibility to participate in non-varsity competitions. The membership supported passage of the amendment by a 384-40 count.

Two amendments referring to the nonschool participation during the season language in the Rules of Eligibility passed. The first allows any individual student-athlete, with school approval, to participate in up to two nonschool contests during the regular season in the same sport. The nonschool opportunities will not count against the individual maximum in that sport. The membership voted in support, 271-153. The second amendment redefines the exceptional athlete provision to recognize only invitations to international competitions sanctioned by each sport's identified National Governing Body (NGB) and Olympic Development Programs (ODP) as eligible for an exceptional athlete waiver. This waiver will allow nonschool competition during the regular season and during the WIAA Tournament Series. The measure passed by a 410-13 vote.

The editorial changes, which are attempts to clarify existing rules without making changes in the interpretations of the rules, passed 381-36.

The membership voted down an amendment that would have implemented a success factor that would have promoted programs to a higher division once a threshold of success was attained over a three-year period. The amendment failed by a 198-221 margin. The plan was the recommendation of the Competitive Equity Ad-Hoc Committee and was advanced to last year's Annual Meeting for consideration, but was replaced at that time without a vote.

In the New Business portion of the Director's Report, the membership was apprised of a number of continuing topics for discussions, including sports season placement and competition survey, sportsmanship, conference realignment and awareness of the new state Sexual Assault Amnesty Law.

In the 2016-17 Board of Control elections, Steve Knecht, the Coordinator of Athletics in Kenosha, will serve his second consecutive term as the District 7 representative. Eric Russell, superintendent at Baldwin-Woodville, was elected as the representative from District 1. Ted Knutson, principal at Aquinas, was elected to his second term as the non-public at-large representative. Bernard Nikolay, superintendent at Cambridge, will serve as the District 6 representative. Elected members of the Board of Control serve a three-year term.

Jennifer Vogler, district administrator at Wabeno, was  re-elected to the Advisory Council, representing small schools. Dan Retzki, associate principal at Green Bay Preble, was elected to a new term representing large schools. Mike Endreas, district administrator at Spencer, and Jeffrey Sauer, principal at Dodgeland, were elected to represent medium-sized schools; and Kyle Luedtke, district administrator at Benton, was elected to his first term representing small schools. Elected individuals serve a three-year term on the Advisory Council.

A special recognition for service to the WIAA was presented to Jerry O'Brien, who has provided legal counsel to the Association since 1965. In addition, Attorney General Brad Schimel addressed the membership with a presentation on the program "Dose of Reality," which is aimed at preventing prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin.
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WIAA schools vote down competitive equity proposal again
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By Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel

Stevens Point — The WIAA membership voted down another competitive equity proposal Wednesday, but there is still plenty of displeasure with the current system for the placement of schools in divisions.

At its annual meeting Wednesday, an amendment that would have implemented a "success factor" when placing teams into divisions in soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball failed, but only by a 52.7%-47.3% margin.

The 221-198 vote was the highlight of a rather tame meeting in which no discussion was had on the matter before the vote. It was big change from the previous two years when the discussion was long and passionate. Last year's meeting lasted 41/2 hours. Wednesday's took just 93 minutes.

The vote marks the third time in two years a measure that would have addressed competitive equity concerns was voted down.

The matter isn't going away, though. During his director's report, WIAA executive director Dave Anderson said that the Board of Control has hired School Perceptions LLC, a research firm in Slinger, to create a survey on competitive equity.

"The research team will have their first full meeting with the board in May," Anderson said. "We are hoping to have the survey out to all member schools in October."

The success factor plan was the product of the ad hoc committee the membership voted to create two years ago. That proposal would have bumped teams up a division if they reached a threshold of success over a three-year period, with teams receiving points for winning the state championship or reaching the state final, semifinals or quarterfinals.

The vote is the latest development in an issue the membership has dealt with for years.

Two years ago, the Six Rivers Conference brought forth an amendment that would have added a 1.65 multiplier to all private schools for the purpose of divisional placement in WIAA tournaments. That amendment wasn't voted on at that meeting. Instead the membership voted for the creation of an ad hoc committee to study that matter.

That group came up with the success factor plan voted on Wednesday.

That measure was scheduled to be voted on last year. Instead it was amended back to the 1.65 multiplier proposal. The multiplier failed by a 293-141 margin. A third plan that used a reducer based on a school's free and reduced lunch statistics to determine school enrollments for tournament placement also was voted on in that meeting. It failed, 265-167.

That brought us back to the success factor plan.

Teams would have received four points for winning a state title, three points for advancing to the championship game, two points for reaching the state semifinal and one points for reaching the quarterfinal. If a program had more than six points over a stretch of three consecutive years, it would have been moved up one division.

In other key votes:

■ By a 384-40 vote, the membership passed an amendment that will allow students who transfer before or during their junior year to compete at a freshman or junior varsity level. Previously students who transferred as juniors sat out completely until they were eligible for varsity competition. That WIAA rule says students who transferred after the start of sophomore year aren't eligible for varsity competition until one year after the date they enroll in the new school.

■ By a 271-153 vote, athletes will be allowed to participate in up to two nonschool contests during the regular season in the same sport with school approval. These contests will not count toward the individual's participation limit.

■ By a 410-13 vote, the membership approved an amendment that will allow exceptional athletes to participate in National Governing Bodies and Olympic Developmental Programs during the WIAA tournament without losing WIAA eligibility, provided the athlete receives an individual invitation from a NDB or ODP.

■ An editorial change to put the WIAA rule in line with the state law that allows home-schooled athletes to participate on teams of WIAA schools passed, 381-36.
Courage is grace under pressure - Ernest Hemingway
Advocating "matside weigh-in" since 1997
"That's why they wrestle the matches"

TomM

Courage is grace under pressure - Ernest Hemingway
Advocating "matside weigh-in" since 1997
"That's why they wrestle the matches"