Hermiston to see new rules next school year

RENTON, WA – The Hermiston Bulldogs will be seeing some new rules as the school year begins in the fall. Playing in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Hermiston will play under seven new rulings, approved by the WIAA Representative Assembly.

Rule 18.11.5 – A student is not varsity eligible if they transfer to a school after participating on a non-school team if one or more of the high school coaches were involved, and/or after receiving instruction or training, including weight training and conditioning, from a person affiliated with another school to which the student transfers. The measure passed 25-10.

Rule 18.15.0 and 19.3.3 – Updates language in the WIAA handbook regarding appeals of eligibility regarding gender equity. The measure passed 53-0.

Rule 18.20.1 – With league approval 1A high schools may utilize eighth graders. The measure passed 32-21.

Rule 18.23.1 – Changes the definition of “regular” from no more than once to no more than once per week. The measure passed 42-10.

Rule 20.4.7 – Adds a minimum of one hour in coaches standards for student mental health and diversity, equity and inclusion education. The measure passed 49-4.

Rules 35.1.1 and 35.2.0 – Eliminates the restriction of 20 days of coaching for summer football. The measure passed 21-13.

Rule 44.4.7 – A two-day wrestling tournament consisting of brackets larger than 16 individuals will count as one of the 16 allowed team dates. The measure passed 26-9.

An additional three amendments were defeated. For an amendment to pass, 60 percent approval is needed from voting members of the Assembly. A total of 32 votes are needed for a middle level/high school amendment to pass, while 21 votes are needed for a high school amendment to pass.

Rule 17.5.1 – Adds flag football, 7-on-7 football and sand volleyball to the sports that are considered to be separate and distinct from interscholastic sports. The measure failed 23-30.

Rule 18.20.1 – 1B and 2B high schools may utilize eighth graders from non-WIAA member middle schools. The measure failed 29-24, failing to achieve the 60 percent needed.

Rule 30.1.0 – High school basketball teams may participate in 20 games or 19 games plus one tournament for a total of up to 23 games.  A WIAA foundation game or game against an international touring team will not count toward this total. The measure failed 20-14, failing to achieve the 60 percent needed.