WIAA Representative Assembly Passes Six Amendments

RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Representative Assembly voted to pass six amendments (rule changes) for the 2016-17 school year, the Association announced Monday.

Full text of the six passed amendments may be FOUND HERE

Four passed amendments affect both middle level and high school programs.  The first will limit each football team to two contact practices per week following their first contest.  After a team’s first jamboree or game, they will be allowed no more than two thud or live action drills for that week, excluding their next contest.  Thud is defined as drills that run at an assigned speed through the moment of contact; no pre-determined “winner.” In addition, contact remains above the waist, players stay on their feet and a quick whistle ends the drill.  Live action is defined as game-like conditions where players may be taken to the ground. 

“With the annual education programs for coaches, parents and athletes, Washington has remained at the forefront of player safety in football starting with the passing of the Lystedt Law in 2009,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.  “This step goes beyond education and will provide additional protection for our student-athletes.”

In wrestling, student-athletes will have the choice to continue wearing a traditional one-piece singlet or have the option to compete in a two-piece outfit consisting of close-fitting shorts and a short-sleeved compression top. 

The third middle level and high school amendment requires member schools to be compliant with WIAA rules.  Schools will also be expected to comply with WIAA fact-findings and willingly provide requested information. 

The final middle level and high school amendment focuses on the participation of eighth graders. For the 2016-2020 classification cycle, schools with an enrollment of 104 or less may use eighth graders for their athletic and activity programs. The enrollment number was determined by less than one-half of the largest 2B school enrollment.

Two middle level-only passed amendments center around the participation of fifth and sixth graders.  In all athletics except football, schools may use sixth graders to participate if they have an enrollment of 60 students or less students.  Fifth and sixth graders may be used if they have an enrollment of 40 students or less. 

In addition to the passed amendments, the Representative Assembly also approved three Executive Board members.  Pat McCarthy of the Seattle School District, Lory Wyborney of Rogers (Spokane) High School and Ken Lindgren of Oakesdale High School will remain Executive Board Members representing Districts 2, 8, and 9, respectively.

The Representative Assembly is comprised of 53 (35 high school, 18 middle school) school administrators from each of the nine WIAA districts.  For an amendment to pass, 60 percent approval is needed from the voting members of the Assembly.

For more information about the passed amendments, please visit the WIAA website

Media Contact:
Conor Laffey 
Sports and Activities Information Director
(425) 282-5240

About WIAA

WIAA is a membership organization of over 800 schools from every corner of the state. Member schools set the structure, rules and regulations for five different activities and sixteen athletics programs at the high school and middle/junior high school level. WIAA staff helps interpret and oversee rule-making decisions and policies, assist member schools with questions and provide accessible and responsive assistance to help athletic and activities programs run smoothly. Learn more about WIAA at www.wiaa.com.

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