Stevens Point – Two measures that would have greatly altered the landscape of high school sports in the state failed to pass at the WIAA annual meeting Wednesday.
As a result, school enrollments will continue to be the sole factor when determining a school’s divisional placement in the WIAA tournament series.
The proposal was to change the way they categorize schools into divisions for sports. Under the current rules, it is simple: divisions are determined by enrollment. That way big schools compete against big schools and small schools compete against small schools. The rationale is that the schools have a roughly equal number of athletes from which to draw.
The proposal was to count private schools’ enrollment higher by applying a multiplier. So a public school with 500 students would count as 500 kids, but a private school with 500 students would count as 650 kids (or whatever the multiplier was). This would force smaller, private schools into competing against larger, public schools. The rationale was that private schools were winning too much and somehow that was bad.
So… I’m glad that they kept the rule the same. It didn’t make any sense to calculate an arbitrary enrollment solely for the purpose of creating a disadvantage for private schools.