The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) held its quarterly Board of Control meeting Wednesday at the Hyatt Place, in the shadow of the Reno-Tahoe Airport.
The meeting will continue Thursday but all voting topics were resolved Wednesday.
Here a couple notable highlights from the meeting:
It was real. It was fun. It wasn’t real fun.
A unanimous decision was made to do away with high school prep athletic divisions and once again call them classes starting in the fall of 2016.
The largest classification, currently referred to as DI, will once again be called 4A. DI-A will become 3A, DIII will become 2A and DIV will return to 1A.
Classifications in Nevada were changed to divisions (DI, DI-A etc.) in 2012 after discussion first started in 2009.
The largest reason for the adjustment three years ago was because the division nomenclature existed at the NCAA level and it sounded superior.
To word it simply, after three years, nobody cared. So it’s back to prior nomenclature.
Wooster football not moving up
After a discussion that lasted well over an hour, it was decided with a 6-2 vote that Wooster football will continue to compete in the DI-A/3A North for the 2016-20 realignment cycle.
Wooster principal Leah Keuscher presented to the Board and spoke to safety concerns for her players, underlining a greater issue of competitive balance. Wooster stepped down from the large-school ranks six years ago, competed independently for two, and has been a DI-A North member for the last four.
The Colts have never made the playoffs in their four years in the DI-A North while failing to win more than four games in a season.
Wooster will continue to compete in the DI North for all other sports.
“This is a tough situation,” NIAA Executive Director Bart Thompson said during the discussion. “The national trend is to taking competitive balance into account.”
DI North commissioner Ron McNutt wasn’t subtle about Wooster’s prospects playing football with Reno’s largest schools next year.
“Their football schedule would be murder’s row,” he said.
All DI and DI-A North schools were polled for their opinion, however, eight schools did not respond.
By a narrow 7-6 advantage, the schools said they would like to see Wooster compete in the large school ranks once again..
Five of the eight responding DI-A North schools wanted to see Wooster go up in classification while four of the six responding DI North schools voted to keep Wooster in the DI-A North.
Incline Soccer staying put
Incline Village boys soccer coach Michael Coudriet presented to the board, asking for the boys and girls programs to move up from DIII to DI-A.
The vote failed 6-2.
Coudriet wanted to make the move because the DIII classification does not have enough teams, in boys or girls, for state titles to be recognized by the NIAA.
The Highlanders are a power at their current level. The boys have won the last two state titles while the girls lost in the state title game last year and won it two years ago.
All DIII and DI-A schools were polled by the NIAA for their opinion. Nine of the 14 schools that responded preferred Incline to stay at the DIII level.
Lowry, Sparks and Truckee voted to bring Incline Village up to the DI-A.
The NIAA Board of Control has never voted to allow one sport at a school to move up a classification.