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June 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The WIBCA’s official statement on state tournament changes

I spoke with Nalin Sood, the president of the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, earlier this week and he said members of the WIBCA met with WIAA district directors on Tuesday to discuss the changes to the state basketball tournament.

For more information on the changes decided on by the WIAA back in April, click here.

The WIBCA crafted four proposals for the regional tournaments, which would determine the final state field under the WIAA’s new format, which I presented in a blog post here. The organization then settled on a 32-team, single-elimination super regional. For more details, click here.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the WIBCA’s recommendations were not accepted. The WIAA is expected to announce its final format later later this summer.

Sood told me the organization would be putting out an official statement later in the week, and it passed through my e-mail inbox late Friday night.

Here is the e-mail sent out by the WIBCA on Friday night:

In response to the recent changes made to the boy’s basketball state tournaments, the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) would like to share the following information.

1. Our association did not have input towards this recently mandated decision of changing the state basketball tournaments, nor did we have communication from the WIAA.

2. Our association conducted several meetings both at the local and state-wide level to gather input and share ideas on how we would deal with these significant changes.

3. We prepared four different proposals to present to our membership.

4. We presented these proposals to our members and had them vote on any of the four proposals.

5. We presented our membership’s recommended proposal to WIAA District Directors at a meeting on June 1, 2010.

6. Our proposal was heard but eventually not accepted by the WIAA District Directors at the aforementioned meeting.

The WIBCA Board, along with several other coaches, worked tirelessly and proactively in dealing with this situation in response to the state tournament changes and hope that in the future our input will be solicited and that there will be better communication towards our association when such major changes are a possibility.

WIBCA

Here is the WIBCA’s official statement:

The WIBCA Board, along with several other coaches, worked tirelessly and proactively in dealing with this situation in response to the state tournament changes and hope that in the future our input will be solicited and that there will be better communication towards our association when such major changes are a possibility.

The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) general membership’s official stance regarding the change in the state tournament format is that we are in strong disagreement to the recent mandated changes to the boys’ basketball state tournaments, for all classifications, made by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board. We are also very discouraged by the lack of communication from the WIAA Executive Board and WIAA staff toward our association including a lack of input requested from our general membership leading up to this decision.

Despite our objection to this decision, WIBCA has prepared a proposal for the new state tournament format. As an association, we selected the proposal after polling our entire membership and will present this to the WIAA and respective District Directors on June 1, 2010.

Respectfully,

WIBCA

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