WIAA rules changes proposed

Haven’t had anything of note to report the past couple of days, hence why we’ve had no new stuff for you.

But we have an item this morning for you, and that concerns possible changes in high school sports rules here in Washington. Every year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, our state’s high school sports governing body, holds what is known as a “Representative Assembly” where all high school sports administrators from around the state gather to discuss changes to the WIAA’s rules for high school athletics here.

The WIAA this week released a list of proposed changes the Assembly may consider. It should be noted that this list is currently in draft format, and officials will meet at the end of March to discuss the proposals, and whether they will be presented for ratification during the Assembly meeting in April. We will likely discuss this again then, but in the meantime, here’s a look at what may be on the plate.

There are a total of 12 rules changes being proposed. The list this spring doesn’t include any major headliners, such as was the case the past several years with football and sanctioning of lacrosse creating some buzz around this process.

Of the 12 proposals, though, there are a few that, if the WIAA allows the Assembly members to consider them and they end up passing, will affect Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools and their athletic programs. Chief among those may be the proposals regarding amateur standing. The draft version of that proposal, which has been offered by several schools in the Clark County-centric Greater St. Helens League, may have the most impact for track and field and cross country. What is being currently suggested is that high school student-athletes, who would not be competing officially for their schools, would be allowed to compete as an “unattached” competitor against professional and college athletes in several sports, including track and field, cross country, golf, gymnastics, wrestling and swimming.

This proposed rule, if passed, would likely affect Wildcat and Red Wolve track and field and cross country athletes as it would allow them to compete in various college events held locally, such as the fall Sundodger or Emerald City cross country meets in Seattle, or the University of Washington indoor track and field meets held every winter, giving them a chance to show off their talents in front of college coaches. This will be an interesting one to watch.

There’s also proposals to change the season limitation rules for high school basketball and wrestling, which could result in additional contests for both MSHS and CHS in those two sports, and a proposal that, if passed, would permit high school programs to hold camps for middle school athletes in those sports within their communities during the course of their seasons. That could open up an additional opportunity for both schools to expose more kids to those sports and raise additional money for the high school programs.

Again, as previously noted, the proposals are currently in draft form; the WIAA will have a meeting at the end of March to discuss these proposals and determine whether they will be sent on for a full review during the April Representative Assembly.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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