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Tag: Senate Bill 6383

May
8th

WIAA: Committees for classifications, ejections and more

I spoke with WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese today, trying to catch up on a couple newsy items, and wanted to pass along a few nuggets some will find interesting.

The WIAA has formed a committee to study classification. Colbrese said everything is on the table for discussion, particularly, how frequently should reclassification occur, what students should be counted and when should counts occur. I know some athletic directors are very much in favor of moving from a two-year cycle to a four-year cycle. And some are vehemently opposed. We’ll see what transpires.

Another committee was formed in response to a failed Rep Assembly amendment — No. 10-1 and 10-2 — regarding appeal processes for ejections. Colbrese said the committee will study if its possible for any amendment regarding this subject could gain support.
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Jan.
23rd

Bill seeking to change how WIAA doles out punishment introduced

Almost three dozen state senators don’t want to see student-athletes penalized for mistakes made by adults.

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, filed Senate Bill 6383 last week that calls to stop the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association from handing out what he characterizes as “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Benton specified the disqualification of the King’s Way Christian volleyball team from the Class 1B state tournament as an example. After the Knight’s won the District 4 tourney in November, it was discovered the team had played one too many matches in the regular season – the maximum allowed is 16. The district ruled it ineligible for the state tournament and the WIAA upheld the district’s ruling.

“What the WIAA did to the King’s Way Christian School volleyball team was way out-of-bounds,” Benton said in a press release. “Those kids didn’t do anything wrong. Kicking those kids out of the tournament was cruel and unusual punishment in my book.”
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