The first draft is available of the 16 proposed amendments schedule to go before the WIAA Representative Assembly in April.
You can view them here.
I spoke with Mike Colbrese, the WIAA executive director, to get his take on them. He seemed disappointed with the first proposal, which deals with the classification of 2B, 1A and 2A schools with a history of declining enrollments. They could have the option of competing in a lower classification.
His concern is the timing of the proposal, since the WIAA Executive Board recently commissioned a committee to thoroughly examine the state’s entire classification system.
“We were kind of hoping we wouldn’t see any (classification) amendments now,” he said.
Colbrese said he finds Amendment 6 of interest as it deals with not allowing the use of high-school shoulder pads and helmets for summer football camps.
Amendments 10-1 and 10-2 address the appeal process for ejections, and Colbrese said he is “troubled” by both of them, particularly because they would allow video reviews in certain instances.
“I think it’s a slippery slope to go down,” he said, noting that Washington is the only state in the country that curretn allows the protest of a contest if a rule has been misinterpreted.
Once again, there is an amendment (No. 4) that deals with an added “dead period” during the summer where coaches would not be allowed to work with present or future squad members.
“I don’t see much support for it,” Colbrese said, noting a similar amendment failed last year.
The amendments will be reviewed on March 12 by the WIAA Winter Coalition, which consists of a representative from each high-school and middle-school league in the state. They could be modified or dropped at that time, according to Colbrese. The final amendments then go to the Representative Assembly for on on-line voite in April.