WIAA assembly board approves six new amendments for 2014-15

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association assembly board approved six amendment changes Monday that will go into effect starting in 2014-15.

The highlights:

• Amendment 17.5.8D will now allow high school coaches to coach a graduating senior in an All-American contest. Those types of events typically come after the season is over.

• Amendment 57.7.0 alters the rules of the running-clock “mercy rule” in high school football. The clock will now run through official’s timeouts, shortening a blowout game.

• Amendment 66.3.0 increases the amount of in-season varsity wrestling matches from 33 to 45, therefore giving wrestlers more opportunities to compete in tournaments. Wrestlers may not wrestler on more than 16 dates prior to state qualifying events.

•Amendment 17.28.1 now allows a middle-school or high-school athlete to compete in an early-season jamboree following eight days of practice. It used to be 10 days.

• Amendment 18.23.0 now allows middle-school or high-school athletes in bowling, cross country, golf., gymnastics, swimming, tennis, track and field and wrestling to compete unattached against professional or college athletes without losing their eligibility.

A Camas cross country runner — Alexa Efraimson — came across this old rule in October after running in a college cross country meet in Eugene, Ore. She was ineligible for two weeks until an appeal successfully noted that she was an unattached (non-team) runner who didn’t compete against college teams. The WIAA, with the new rule, distinguishes between team and individual sports to clarify its position.

All amendments require a minimum of a 60-percent majority vote to gain approval.


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