Once high school football teams start playing games, they’ll be
limited to just two contact days per week.
Typically two days of practice is normal for a high school team.
Mondays tend to be a lighter practice. There’s contact Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. Thursdays are a lighter practice (often a walk through)
as teams get ready for Friday games.
Here’s a list
of amendments (rules) the WIAA representative assembly passed
Another notable change makes singlets optional in wrestling.
Here’s the WIAA’s release on the changes:
RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities
Association (WIAA) Representative Assembly voted to pass six
amendments (rule changes) for the 2016-17 school year, the
Association announced Monday.
Four passed amendments affect both middle level and high school
programs. The first will limit each football team to two
contact practices per week following their first contest.
After a team’s first jamboree or game, they will be allowed no more
than two thud or live action drills for that week, excluding their
next contest. Thud is defined as drills that run at an
assigned speed through the moment of contact; no pre-determined
“winner.” In addition, contact remains above the waist, players
stay on their feet and a quick whistle ends the drill. Live
action is defined as game-like conditions where players may be
taken to the ground.
“With the annual education programs for coaches, parents and
athletes, Washington has remained at the forefront of player safety
in football starting with the passing of the Lystedt Law in 2009,”
WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said. “This step goes
beyond education and will provide additional protection for our
In wrestling, student-athletes will have the choice to continue
wearing a traditional one-piece singlet or have the option to
compete in a two-piece outfit consisting of close-fitting shorts
and a short-sleeved compression top.
The third middle level and high school amendment requires member
schools to be compliant with WIAA rules. Schools will also be
expected to comply with WIAA fact-findings and willingly provide
The final middle level and high school amendment focuses on the
participation of eighth graders. For the 2016-2020 classification
cycle, schools with an enrollment of 104 or less may use eighth
graders for their athletic and activity programs. The enrollment
number was determined by less than one-half of the largest 2B
Two middle level-only passed amendments center around the
participation of fifth and sixth graders. In all athletics
except football, schools may use sixth graders to participate if
they have an enrollment of 60 students or less students.
Fifth and sixth graders may be used if they have an enrollment of
40 students or less.
In addition to the passed amendments, the Representative
Assembly also approved three Executive Board members. Pat
McCarthy of the Seattle School District, Lory Wyborney of Rogers
(Spokane) High School and Ken Lindgren of Oakesdale High School
will remain Executive Board Members representing Districts 2, 8,
and 9, respectively.
The Representative Assembly is comprised of 53 (35 high school,
18 middle school) school administrators from each of the nine WIAA
districts. For an amendment to pass, 60 percent approval is
needed from the voting members of the Assembly.
For more information about the passed amendments, please visit
the WIAA website.