Local staff named to WIAA Competitive Balance committee
For the City Times
STEVENS POINT – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control has identified 20 individuals to serve on the Competitive Balance Ad Hoc Committee.
“Following the August meeting when the initiative was approved by the Board, the executive office received over 200 school administrators who volunteered to serve on the committee. The makeup of the committee was determined following input from the Sports Advisory Committee and Advisory Council as well as feedback from the seven Area Meetings last month,” a WIAA release stated.
“Emphasis for inclusion on the committee was given to having representation that reflects the composition of the membership, including public and private schools; small, medium and large schools; and the three levels of school leadership comprising of athletic directors, principals, and presidents or superintendents. Gender and ethnicity representation is also included on the committee.”
Central Wisconsin selections include: Bryon Graun, Colby Athletic Director; Bob Houts, Owen-Withee District Administrator & Conference Commissioner; Michael Lambrecht, Columbus Catholic Principal; and Thomas Wermuth, Adams-Friendship District Administrator.
A series of ad hoc meetings are anticipated from now until March, with the first meeting scheduled for Dec. 2. The ad hoc committee is scheduled to present an update of the proceedings at the March, 2022 Board meeting with potential to recommend an action item to be voted on by the membership at the 2022 April Annual Meeting.
“This is the second time a committee has been assembled to review competitive balance. The first committee met five times from July-November in 2014. The directive of the committee was to study competitive balance/equity and to evaluate the existing procedure of the post-season tournaments and recommend a solution,” the release added.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 516 senior high schools and 45 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors 27 championship tournament series for boys and girls in 2021-22.