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WIAA makes changes which impact re-classification

December 11th, 2013 by nathan joyce

Schools who have been working on figuring out which league and classification they’re planning to play in for the 2014-16 schools years could be back to square one as new numbers are being released on Friday.
In an email sent out earlier this week, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Executive Board interpreted two questions on how schools will be counted. The two answers could cause the lines drawn for each classification to move.
Schools with 25 or less students (in which there are 11 in the state) will no longer be counted, which would re-jigger how many schools are in each classification. Currently 66 schools made up each classification. By taking schools with under 25 students out, it leaves 394 schools spread out over six classifications or 65 schools per class (and 62 for the two B classes).
The WIAA also decided that repeat 11th graders (chronological 12th grades but academically 11th graders) will not be counted toward enrollment as they were no longer eligible for athletics.
These decisions impact schools on the bubble between classifications. Locally, Bainbridge and Port Angeles are among the biggest 2A schools and Klahowya is one of the smallest 2A schools.
Here’s the current classification numbers
And here is the email detailing the changes:

Prior to the December 8-9, 2013 WIAA Executive Board meeting, member
schools asked the Executive Board for interpretations regarding the
following questions dealing with the 2014-2016 classification process.

1. Definition of a “School with Sports” – Historically, member
schools that do not offer WIAA recognized sports have not been counted
toward classifications. The WIAA Executive Board was asked to provide
parameters as to what constitutes a “school with sports”. After lengthy
discussion, the Board decided that schools with a classification
enrollment of 25 or less students (9-11 grade) will not be included in
the classification process. However, those schools will be counted
towards allocations to state playoffs should they meet team definitions
on a sport by sport basis.

2. Repeat 11th grade students – Many schools have students who are
chronological 12th graders but academically 11th graders and therefore
listed on the schools P223-Headcount form as 11th grade. When the
classification counts were based on 10th – 12th grade students, schools
were asked to submit their number of repeat 9th graders. That number
was then added to the schools classification count. The WIAA Executive
Board decided that because of that practice, schools may now deduct
repeat 11th grade students from their enrollment.

Therefore the staff will be deducting repeat 11th graders as counted on
the P223-Headcount. We will use a one month snapshot (NOVEMBER ONLY)
for this deduction.

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One Response to “WIAA makes changes which impact re-classification”

  1. Donald Hein Says:

    It’s “25 or fewer” not “25 or less.” Thanks.

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