Decision day nears on tournament proposal
This is showdown week for WIAA’s five-division proposal in boys and girls basketball tournaments.
The WIAA Board of Control meets Thursday at the Heidel House in Green Lake, and a decision on the plan is expected to be at the top of the agenda.
If the proposal passes, the tournament format would expand from four to five enrollment divisions. The state tournament, however, would retain a 20-team field.
Division 1 would drop from eight to four state qualifiers—the same as each of the other divisions. The traditional eight-team Division 1 field would be reduced by what is tabbed as “Super Tuesday”—super-sectional matchups of sectional champions at key locations across the state.
While the “Super Tuesday” idea has generated some interest, feelings about the five-division plan have widely split across the state in organized discussions that began at the WIAA’s area meetings last fall.
In the most-recent development, the WIAA Sports Advisory Committee turned in an 8-5 vote in favor of the plan, which would provide no greater than a 2-to-1 enrollment spread within each division. That committee is comprised of 14 athletic directors.
The Basketball Coaches Advisory Committee voted 5-3 against the proposal in April.
In each case, representatives from the smaller schools favored the plan. Those from the larger schools were opposed.
Next comes the WIAA Advisory Council. The 18-member group includes five representatives each from small, medium and large schools, along with three at-large members.
That group meets Wednesday and will deliver an advisory decision to the Board of Control for the final vote.
ultimate vote.erdict on Thursday.