From the WIAA --
A task force assembled to review the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s conference realignment process met at the association’s executive office today.
The purpose of the committee, comprised of mostly membership and executive staff personnel, is to evaluate the current protocol for conference realignment and determine if the current process can be improved to better serve the needs of the membership, which consists of 511 high schools throughout the state.
The task force was presented with a history of conference realignment and an overview of the guidelines and philosophy as were originally developed in the 1970s. The WIAA’s constitution provides the Board of Control with the ultimate authority in conference alignment matters.
Among the first tasks of the committee was to identify the challenges and concerns with the current process and philosophy, and then prioritize them to determine areas of the process that may need the most attention. Then, the group explored ideas that could resolve the concerns identified.
The task force will reconvene in late September or early October following the Area Meetings, where the executive staff plans to review the realignment process and initial discussions of the committee. The Area Meeting feedback and reactions to today’s meeting discussions will be shared at the next task force meeting.
The WIAA executive office receives persistent requests for relief through conference realignment. At the Annual Meeting last April, Executive Director Dave Anderson announced a one-year moratorium on conference realignment requests where there is not 100 percent agreement from the schools and conferences impacted by the change.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 511 senior high schools and 43 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors 27 State championships for boys and girls in 2018-19. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.