With the snow some have experienced already this week and possibly more in the works for later today and Thursday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has posted its “inclement weather policy” on the WIAA website.
It sounds like every effort will be made to play all games where and when scheduled. But there is the possibility of postponement.
Here is the statement in entirety:
All WIAA State Basketball First Round games will be played as scheduled. If any changes are made they will be posted on the WIAA Basketball Brackets.
25.6.0 TEAMS/INDIVIDUALS UNABLE TO ARRIVE FOR SCHEDULED COMPETITION AT A CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT [Inclement Weather (policy #51.13)]
The WIAA Executive Board and executive staff believe that all teams/individuals earning the right to participate in championship events should have those rights protected as much as possible. The WIAA Executive Board and executive staff also recognize the efforts of all participants to attend the championship events. The participating schools must also realize that these events are held to certain restrictions with facilities, game officials, and all other game administration.
A WIAA championship event shall be defined as regional and state competition. The competing school is responsible for notifying the WIAA office or the event manager, if the school is having difficulty traveling to the event site due to weather or a clear area-wide emergency and may not arrive in time for the scheduled event(s). Notification shall be made as soon as possible after it becomes evident that the team/individual is having difficulty. School personnel have the responsibility of making alternative travel plans to tournament sites based upon weather forecasts and any other pertinent information. As a common practice, input and recommendations are to be sought from the Highway Patrol and/or the Department of Transportation. Specific circumstances not covered by this policy are left to the discretion of the WIAA Executive Director or designee.
A. If a team/individual is unable to arrive at a championship event site for their scheduled competition due to circumstances beyond their control (e.g., an earthquake, all passes closed, roads closed due to flooding, etc), that team/individual will be allowed to participate in their scheduled event provided they arrive at the event site and are able to compete on the day of their scheduled event. The WIAA Executive Director, in cooperation with the event manager, shall adjust the schedule of the event for the purpose of allowing maximum participation for all qualified schools. If the team/individual is unable to arrive to compete on the day of its event, a forfeit is recorded and that team/individual shall move into the consolation bracket or be dropped from competition, whichever is applicable to the particular event.
B. There may be times in the interest of safety, weather, or conditions beyond the control of the participating schools and/or the tournament management that it becomes necessary to delay, postpone, or cancel such tournaments. The intent of this policy is to accommodate the participating school(s) by rescheduling if possible.
The following practices shall be observed:
1. If severe weather conditions affect a participating school, but not the tournament, the principal must notify the tournament director.
2. If severe weather conditions affect the tournament, the WIAA Executive Director or WIAA staff designee will make the final decision concerning tournament postponement or rescheduling.
3. Changing of sites or postponement of contests will be determined by the WIAA Executive Director or WIAA staff designee.
4. Participation on Sunday in any athletic contest cannot be expected or required of any school (without prior permission and approval of each participating school’s local school board), nor can any penalty or forfeiture be imposed for not participating on Sunday.
5. Play will resume on the next playable date.
6. The WIAA Executive Director has the final authority in determining if a state tournament shall be canceled.