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April 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Shot clock among amendments up for WIAA vote tomorrow

The WIAA Representative Assembly will meet tomorrow in Renton for their annual meeting to vote on new amendments, and you might remember that last year, the new intra-district transfer rules were voted in at this same meeting. This year, there are some interesting — and relevant — items on the docket:

Amendment 11: The shot clock.

This is one that high-school fans across the state will be watching. After more than 60 percent of coaches indicated on a survey that they wanted a shot clock in boys basketball, the WIAA is putting it up for a vote (the coaches association, in an advisory role, narrowly voted against it). If it passes, Washington will become the seventh state in the country to have a shot clock in boys basketball. If it does pass, the assembly will then vote on whether to make the shot clock 30, 35 or 45 seconds long.

Here is a look at the other states with boys shot clocks:

California: 35 seconds.

Massachussetts: 30 seconds.

New York: 35 seconds.

North Dakota: 35 seconds.

Rhode Island: 35 seconds.

South Dakota: 35 seconds.

Amendment 15: girls lacrosse.

This amendment would add girls lacrosse as a WIAA-sanctioned varsity sport.

Amendment 2 and 3: classification.

There are two separate amendments related to how schools are classified. Amendment 2 would combine 1B and 2B into one classification, B, though football would still be separated into eight-man and 11-man depending on enrollment. Amendment 3 would do the same, but add one more classification, which would be — and this is the controversial part — “Private.” All private schools with an enrollment between 50 and 300 would be in the same classification (300 or more would be in 3A or higher, 50 or fewer could be in B). The amendment proposal lists these reasons for making a change:

1. Athletes will be able to compete against athletes that come from similar population bases with similar competition and off-season training opportunities.

2. Smaller, rural schools will be competing against schools of similar size that draw from a similar population base from which to draw athletes.

3. Less likelihood that private schools will dominate disproportionately at local, regional and state competitions within their classification as has happened for years in most sports and at the bottom three classifications.

4. Allows private schools the ability to compete at the appropriate level.

5. Travel costs will be reduced state-wide as remote rural schools will be less likely to be traveling far distances to larger cities as part of their regular season schedule.

6. This proposal will keep private schools and public schools playing against each other at various levels.

7. Leagues will need to be reconfigured, but this happens with each classification change anyway.

Amendments 12 and 14: The running clock.

If these amendments pass, there will be a running clock in basketball games where the differential is 40 points, and in football games where the margin is 45 points.

Amendment 9: Coaching clinics

Under the current rules, only a team’s head coach must attend an annual coaching clinic. The new amendment would require all paid coaches for every team to attend the clinics.

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