The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) disagrees with the decision made by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) on Wednesday to grant a waiver to Rainier Beach to compete in a national tournament the first week of April.
The WIAA executive board had to grant a waiver for rules that limit the number of games played, out-of-season regulations and competing against teams not members of a state association.
“We’re not happy with the decision that’s been made by the WIAA granting Rainier Beach, the ruling for them to go play in that national tournament after the season has been concluded,” WIBCA president Nalin Sood said. “I think that’s the best thing I can say. As an association, that’s how our board, and from the members we’re hearing from, feel about this situation.
“It’s not a Rainier Beach situation or against them, but that’s just how we feel about the decision that’s been made to allow a boys basketball team to play in this tournament.”
The WIBCA, which will release a statement in the next day regarding its position, is against the WIAA’s decision for many reasons, Sood said, but “rules are rules right now and you follow the rules.”
“If they’re going to change something like this, there should be an amendment on the table that there’s a majority of people that feel this way about a certain ruling,” he said.
Sood said the WIAA did not approach the WIBCA before making its ruling on the Rainier Beach situation, which is frustrating because the coaches association represents all levels of classification, experience and geographical areas of the state. He’d like to see more communication between the two organizations in the future.
“With input that we have as coaches, with dialogue that happens between the WIAA and us, some of these decisions are made and we might have some input, but is it taken to heart, is it used in the decision making?” Sood said. “And once the decisions are made, we’re not seeing any real flexibility on changes those back for what’s best for kids, in our opinion. Their opinion may be different.”
The WIBCA also plans to release a statement about the current format of the state tournament.