Middle Level/Junior High

Middle Level/Junior High Athletics Program Philosophy

Program philosophy should be supported by all those involved with the program.

The mission of middle level/junior high athletics is to provide an enjoyable educational experience for young adolescents based on their developmental characteristics and needs. The development of the young adolescent's self-esteem, citizenship, responsibility and skills in cooperative and leadership behaviors are positive outcomes of appropriate middle level/junior athletic programs. These programs should be enjoyable, vigorous and safe and should occur in a positive climate with appropriate adult leadership and support.  Effective middle level/junior high athletic programs are coordinated with other school and community activities to offer additional opportunities for young adolescents to explore varied interests.  Middle level/junior high athletics are an essential part of the total educational process and an excellent opportunity for the home, school and community to work together.

Middle Level/Junior High School Advisory Council

The Middle Level/Junior High Advisory Council includes a representative from each Board of Control Districts, an ethnic at-large, gender at-large, and a non-public school at-large representative along with liaison representation made available to the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association and the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association.

For the Ethnic At-Large position the candidate would have to have origins in black racial groups of Africa; Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race; Asian; Pacific Islander: American Indian; or Alaskan Native.

Membership on the Council is open to administrators, or building administrators and/or athletic directors of WIAA member middle level schools containing Grades 6-8 students (or any combination thereof).

If a vacant position cannot be filled by a district representative the position will become available to any qualified individual from a member middle school.

An election does not take place for Middle Level Council representatives.  A listing of interested candidates is provided to the Board of Control who then appoints an individual to fill the position.  The position is for a three-year term.

This Council meets once a year.  For more information on this Council or if you are interested in filling one of these vacant positions, please contact Joan Gralla at jgralla@wiaawi.org or 715-344-8580.

Middle Level Advisory Council Members
Meeting date for 2018-19 will be January 28, 2019

Mike Pahl, Marshfield
Marci Fischer, Onalaska
Chris Feidt, Wisconsin Rapids
David Hauser, Stevens Point
Bob Sanders, Sparta
Brian Paulson, Rhinelander

Open positions for 2018-19 in the following:  District 7, Ethnic At-Large, Gender At-Large, Non-Public School At-Large.  Contact Joan Gralla if interested in serving on this committee.

DPI Liaison - Jonas Zuckerman, Madison

WATA Liaison - Steve Nass, Lake Mills


Coaches Education

The coaches education requirement for coaches not licensed to teach in the State of Wisconsin at the middle level/junior high is different then at the high school level.  Middle level/junior high coaches can still take the NFHS courses if they so choose and that would meet our current requirement.  If they do not do the NFHS courses they must completed the Middle Level/Junior High Coaches Education Guide.  The completion of this requirement is to be overseen by the school athletic director.  For a copy of the Guide click here.


Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, all paid coaches shall be certified and will maintain certification in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and AED operation.  For a listing of certification resources click here.

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Wisconsin Interscholastic
Athletic Association
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Stevens Point, WI 54482-8833
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