I was in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association office this morning as part of a media advisory committee meeting and we got some udpates on a couple of things I wanted to share with you.
Mike Colbrese, WIAA executive director, gave us a quick rundown on Washington State Senate Bill 6383 that passed this spring. You can find the complete text of the bill here.
The gist of the legislation, Colbrese said, is to help expedite the appeal process when a preceived violation of a WIAA regulation occurs within 10 days of the start of post-season competition. The appeal will be heard directly by the WIAA Executive Board. Previously, schools or athletes had to appeal through other league and district avenues before reaching the Executive Board, often causing delays that prevented the possibile resolution of a matter before state competition concluded.
Colbrese said a WIAA committee is also working on a “penalty guide” that would offer a range of possible repercussions that could be imposed for certain violations. There currently are no standard guidelines. The committee will make recommendations during the next Executive Board meeting, set for July 23-24.
Another interesting topic was a possible overhaul of the current classification system, beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
“We opened up the book on the entire classification process,” said John Miller, assistant executive director who helps oversee it. “Everything is on the table.”
Currently, reclassification occurs every two years with a new cycle beginning this fall.
Miller said member schools are being surveyed about what changes — if any — they’d like to see, including the possibility of returning to four-year cycles as well as an increase or reduction in the number of classifications. The committee is also looking at the way classification lines are drawn and whether to continue with the current enrollment counts in grades 10, 11 and 12, as opposed to adding 9th graders.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of all of the committee work over the next year.