The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Executive Board approved several items Sunday during its first meeting of the school year.
Film-exchange policy implemented for state football playoffs
Football coaches will be required to provide film of their teams’ three most recent games to their first-round state-playoff opponents within 30 minutes of the tournament brackets being released on Nov. 4.
If this timeline isn’t met, WIAA staff will work with athletic directors to facilitate the exchange. If the opposing team doesn’t receive video by 9 a.m. Nov. 5, the coach in violation will be prohibited from coaching the ensuing game.
The WIAA announced earlier this year that this season’s state football brackets will be determined by a seeding committee, instead of the traditional draw format of years past.
Four 2B, 1B schools approved to join Oregon athletic association
The Executive Board approved the requests of four small District 5 schools in southern Washington to join the Oregon School Activities Association. The move, pending approval by the OSAA, would be effective for the 2019-20 school year.
If approved, Bickleton, Glenwood and Trout Lake would leave the 1B Greater Columbia League to join the OSAA. Lyle-Wishram would leave the 2B Eastern Washington Athletic Conference.
The schools requested the transfer for travel and scheduling reasons.
This would be the first time a WIAA school has moved to the OSAA. Hermiston (Oregon) recently left the OSAA and became a full WIAA member this fall, joining the Tri-Cities-based Mid-Columbia Conference to cut down on excessive travel for road games.
Pasco to host 4A, 3A state baseball finals through 2022
Gesa Stadium in Pasco will host the final two rounds of the Class 4A and 3A state baseball tournaments through the spring of 2022.
Gesa Stadium has hosted the 4A and 3A state semifinal and championship rounds five of the past seven years, with the exceptions being Safeco Field in 2017 and Bellingham’s Joe Martin Field in 2015.