STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The application process for member schools requesting football-only conference realignment for the 2022-23 season closed on Nov. 15.
There are 17 requests for conference football-only realignment, involving 23 conferences. The list of requests include:
Ashland of the Great Northern Conference to the Heart O' North Conference, effective in 2022.
Hayward of the Great Northern Conference to the Heart O' North Conference, effective 2022.
Horicon/Hustisford of the Capitol Conference to the Eastern Suburban Conference, effective 2022.
Marinette of the North Eastern Conference to the Bay Conference, effective 2022.
Oshkosh North of the Fox Valley Association to the Fox River Classic Conference, effective 2022.
Oshkosh West of the Fox Valley Association to the Fox River Classic Conference, effective 2022.
Pardeeville of the Eastern Suburban Conference to the Trailways Conference, effective 2022.
River Falls of the Mississippi Valley Conference to the Big Rivers Conference, effective 2022.
Sun Prairie East of the Big Eight Conference to the Badger Conference Large, effective 2022.
Sun Prairie West (New School) to the Badger Conference Large, effective 2022.
West Allis Central of the Greater Metro Conference to the Parkland Conference, effective 2022.
West Allis Hale of the Greater Metro Conference to the Parkland Conference, effective 2022.
West Salem of the Mississippi Valley Conference to the Coulee Conference, effective Fall 2022.
11-Player to 8-Player
De Soto of the Ridge & Valley Conference to the 8-Player Football Southern Conference, effective 2022.
Goodman/Pembine of the Northwoods Conference to the 8-Player MONLP West Conference, effective 2022.
Niagara of the Northwoods Conference to the 8-Player MONLP West Conference, effective 2022.
Lake Holcombe of the Lakeland Conference to the 8-Player Central Wisconsin Conference West, effective 2022.
All the applications received prior to the deadline are accessible on the Conference Realignment “Requests and Proposals” page for public review.
Through the WIAA realignment process, schools that are identified as being directly impacted by submitted requests received an email making them aware of the request. Member schools that may be impacted by a realignment application are encouraged to submit reactions to the requests via the prescribed form by Dec. 8.
The Conference Realignment Task Force will convene on Dec. 8 to review, prioritize and begin preliminary realignment solutions. On Dec. 9, all member schools will be notified with the results of the review.
The Task Force will meet on Jan. 6, 2021, to hear appeals from schools that had their requests denied and receive input from member schools impacted by the results of the review. The committee will modify and finalize solutions to submit to the Board of Control for consideration and communicate those modifications and solutions to the membership. Realignment plans rejected by the Task Force may appeal directly to the Board on Jan. 27.
The realignment solutions will be introduced, reviewed and determined by the Board of Control on March 5. A complete timeline and process for conference realignment consideration can be found on the Conference Realignment web page.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 514 senior high schools and 46 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.
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