The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference Realignment Task Force Committee reviewed plans on Jan. 6 that were initially advanced for further consideration and to conduct appeals of realignment requests that were denied last month.
The 11-player realignment proposals that were advanced for further review – including a combination of those submitted by De Soto, Horicon/Hustisford and Pardeeville, River Falls and West Salem, and Sun Prairie East and Sun Prairie West – will be advanced to the Board of Control for final approval at its March 5 meeting, with the exception of the conferences included in a modified Marinette realignment proposal that requires another review on Feb. 11.
In addition, the modified 8-player plan that originated with requests from De Soto, Lake Holcombe, Niagara and Pembine/Goodman and forms nine 8-player football conferences will advance to the Board for final consideration on March 5.
The 11-player realignment plans to be reviewed by the Board moves 20 programs from their existing conference affiliation. An additional three programs will change conference affiliation if the Marinette proposal is advanced from the February committee meeting and approved by the Board at its March 5 meeting. If approved, the football-only realignment plans become effective in 2022. The list of 11-player programs changing conferences in plans being advanced to the Board are:
The Task Force Committee denied the appeals from Ashland, Hayward, Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West, West Allis Central and West Allis Hale, and an original plan submitted by Marinette. The schools that had their appeals denied are granted the opportunity to appeal directly to the Board of Control at its meeting on Jan. 27.
Marinette presented a modified proposal that was advanced to the Task Force Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11. All schools affected by Marinette’s modified realignment proposal may appear in person, virtually or by submitting a written statement at the meeting on Feb. 11.
The three 11-player programs that would alter their conference affiliation with the modified Marinette proposal advancing to the Task Force Committee meeting on Feb. 11 for further review are:
11- Player Football Modified Marinette Proposal
Clintonville of the Packerland Conference to the Northwoods Conference.
Fox Valley Lutheran of the Bay Conference to the North Eastern Conference.
Marinette of the North Eastern Conference to the Packerland Conference.
The 8-player and 11-player football conference realignment plans with a composite listing of the detailed proposed conference affiliations are linked below and available on the “Requests and Proposals” option on the WIAA’s Conference Realignment web page.
The intent of the new conference realignment process is to apply a more formalized method for member schools to request relief from conference affiliations. A committee of member school administrators has been established to evaluate all realignment requests and present them to the Board, which retains the authority to make final determinations of all conference alignment decisions.
The new collaborative model adds structure, enhanced communication and transparency to the realignment process. All levels of school administration at each member school are informed of the committee’s deliberations and decisions.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 514 senior high schools and 46 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.