I’m at the Renton Holiday Inn — a nicer place than you might think if you’ve never been here, plus it has free wireless Internet — for the WIAA’s Winter Coalition meeting. The purpose of the Winter Coalition is for school, league, district and WIAA representatives to discuss amendments that will be proposed to the Rep Assembly in April.
According to the packet I received, 13 amendments will be discussed today. Nothing ground-breaking or new. Among the the notable are:
– Proposals to make boys and girls lacrosse varsity sports.
– Allowing eighth graders to compete on varsity for 2B and 1B varsity and JV teams.
– Instituting a running clock in the second half of football games when the margin is 40 points, instead of the current 45.
And, of course, there will be plenty of discussion about the format of the basketball state tournaments. My expectation is that topic will draw quite a bit of discussion.
UPDATE: Here’s my unedited story:
The new format of the state basketball tournament was a resounding financial success, but the event fell short in other areas, leaving the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association open to making more modifications.
“Could see some changes, yes, for next year,” executive director Mike Colbrese said. “I think the board is open for some changes.”
According to estimated figures released by the WIAA at its Winter Coalition meeting on Monday in Renton, the 2011 state basketball tournaments yielded an increased net income of $152,378 over the 2010 events.
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