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WIAA Changes State Wrestling Dates And Adds Basketball Mercy Rule

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved a number of coaches advisory committee recommendations in each winter sport that affect the season regulations at its June meeting Thursday.

The sport of wrestling had a pair of recommendations added to the season regulations. The schedule of the State Team Tournament at the UW Fieldhouse will be altered. The Division 1 semifinals will be moved from 9 a.m. Saturday morning to Friday at 7:30 p.m., which will follow the quarterfinals scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the revised schedule. The Divisions 2 and 3 semifinals, traditionally scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, will begin at 10 a.m. The finals in all three divisions are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

The other approved wrestling recommendation edits to the Medical Policies and Procedures Manual,  identifies schools that are able to use the program with electronic bout sheets will be given priority when attempting to assign individual and team regionals and sectionals.    

The basketball season regulations will experience a number of changes with the approval of four recommendations. The first will apply a mercy rule for varsity games during the regular season and throughout the Tournament Series beginning in 2013-14. A running clock will be implemented once the point differential reaches 40 points at any time after the conclusion of the third quarter unless a timeout is called. Regardless if the score differential subsequently dips below 40 points, the running clock remains in effect until the conclusion of the game.

Another approved recommendation mandates three-person officiating crews for all WIAA?Tournament Series boys and girls basketball games beginning in 2014. Three-person crews have been assigned to the regional finals since 2008, at the sectional level since 2007 and at the State Tournament since 2006.

The Board also supported a basketball coaches’ recommendation that was amended to apply to all sports to allow schools to request a waiver of the rule requiring a day of rest after six days of consecutive practice or competitions when weather forces games to be postponed during the Tournament Series.
The Board also received a 2012-13 staff summary of eligibility and foreign exchange students, sanctioning requests and coaches not licensed to teach. In addition, the Board liaisons from the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association presented updates.


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