STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Conference Realignment Task Force convened Thursday to receive feedback from schools impacted by the modified football-only realignment plans and met Friday to finalize recommendations to advance to the Board of Control.
As a result of the information gathered from the hearings, the Conference Realignment Task Force amended a number of the modified plans. The Board of Control will vote on the recommendations at its meeting on Tuesday, March 7. The Board has the options to approve, reject or remand realignment recommendations back to the Task Force. If approved, the modifications will be implemented for the 2024 football season. If remanded, the Task Force will reconene to make appropriate changes to the plan before again presenting it to the Board of Control in April. If rejected, all football conferences wil remain in their current configuration.
The opportunity for schools – which are affected by modified realignment solutions – to provide feedback enhances engagement, communication and transparency in the conference realignment process. Every school that requested an appearance with the Task Force was allotted time to present via Zoom or in-person at the WIAA office. In total, the Task Force listened to 43 presentation representing individual schools or conferences.
A listing of the configurations for football conferences statewide – including the modified, football-only conference realignment recommendations for 11-player and 8-player football – is available on the Conference Realignment page of the WIAA website. Original proposals submitted are also available on the WIAA “Conference Realignment” webpage under “Requests and Proposals.” The full conference realignment process and timeline can be found on the WIAA webpage by accessing the “Conference Realignment” option in the “Schools” megamenu.
The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 518 senior high schools and 48 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.
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