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Board of Control Conducts September Meeting

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control received reports on a number of membership-related items, including an update of COVID-19 guideline considerations at its September meeting today.

The Board discussed reimplementing use of the System Checklist & Verification Form for the Tournament Series but did not take action. With guidance by the Sports Medical Advisory Committee and executive staff, the current guidelines will remain in place. While there are no immediate plans to make major changes to the Tournament Series structure, there continues to be discussions for COVID-19 accommodations at tournament events.

In other pandemic-related items, the Board and executive staff extended its support of an ongoing study being conducted by Dr. Tim McGuine titled “The Continued Assessment of the Health of Student-Athletes During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The executive staff presented the Board with reports on the Area Meetings in Appleton, Greenfield and Mauston, which are the first three of seven meetings around the state this fall. In addition, the Board was provided an update on a  sports officials harassment bill, efforts for the recruitment and retention of WIAA-licensed officials, and plans for the 2021 Sportsmanship Summit scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wis. Other topics presented in the executive staff reports to the Board were the ongoing social media, marketing and office technology efforts.

The Board approved the 2021-22 WIAA Executive Staff Handbook and the WIAA Employee Handbook and the rescheduling of the Board meeting from Friday, March 4 to Tuesday, March 8 at the WIAA office.

The Board received liaison reports from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Shawn Groshek of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association.

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WIAA Announces 2020-21 Award of Excellence Recipients

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association salutes the 33 schools that met the criteria to be named recipients of the Award of Excellence in 2020-21.

Board Elects Officers; Formation of Competitive Balance Ad-Hoc Committee

STEVENS POINT, Wis. –  Willy Chambers, superintendent of the Black Hawk School District, presided over the first meeting of the 2021-22 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control today.

Spring Team Sportsmanship Award Winners Selected

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in partnership with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2021 Spring State Team Tournaments.

Equipment Changes Highlights NFHS Softball Rule Revisions

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two significant player equipment changes involving the wearing of head coverings and beads were among the rules revisions approved in high school softball for the upcoming 2022 season.

Continuing to #TeamUpToBeatCOVID

STEVENS POINT, WIS. – Ensure the safety of our upcoming sports seasons and help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viral infections by continuing to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, cover your sneeze and cough, disinfect commonly used surfaces and stay home if you are sick. For fall sports, all fully vaccinated, symptom-free individuals are exempt from quarantine.



Mel Dow Named to Associate Director Post at WIAA

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the hiring of Mel Dow as an associate director for the association today. He will fill the position vacated by Deputy Director Wade Labecki, whose retirement becomes effective Sept. 1.

WIAA Special Election for Board of Control & Advisory Council Positions

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Administrators at WIAA member senior high schools are reminded that July 14th, 2021 is the deadline to announce their candidacy for positions on the Board of Control and High School Advisory Council.

Karyn Bye Enshrined Into National Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, Fla. – Karyn Bye Dietz was one of 12 individuals inducted into the 2020 National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony held this evening at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Accepting the award on her behalf was WIAA Assistant Director and fellow River Falls High School graduate, Kate Peterson Abiad. The Hall of Fame medallion was presented by WIAA Executive Director, Stephanie Hauser.


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