WIAA bringing back 'COVID checklist'; baseball, girls' wrestling, lacrosse get board attention

Posted at 1:30 p.m. on October 7, 2021

The Brillion News

STEVENS POINT – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved two baseball recommendations and one track and field coaches’ request as well as created a competitive balance subcommittee at its October 7 meeting.

It also made a decision regarding COVID safety protocols.

With guidance of the WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee, the Board voted to re-implement the requirement for member schools to complete the COVID-19 System Checklist form for all regular season and Tournament Series contests beginning Monday, Oct. 11.

The form re-emphasizes the importance of identifying student-athletes that may have COVID-19 symptoms prior to competing.

Baseball seeding

The Board approved a baseball coaches’ recommendation to adopt language requiring seed meetings to be conducted in-person or via real-time electronic means. Seed meetings conducted by email and fax were eliminated. The second recommendation supported was seeding the Divisions 2, 3 and 4 brackets in half sectionals (including two regionals) beginning in 2023.

The one track and field recommendation advanced and approved by the Board extends the sunset clause, originally approved by the Board in 2017, for determining divisional placements. This will provide one more year of data collection, which lost a year of compiling data in 2020 with the cancellation of the season and the perceived unique participation numbers in 2021.

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Competitive balance

A competitive balance subcommittee was created to determine the formation and composition of the committee to include a percentage that reflects the demographics of the membership and committee structure with gender and ethnic representation.