WFCA releases football-only conference realignment proposal

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WFCA realignment propsal

Conference realignment has been a significant challenge for the WIAA, member schools, and football programs for many years. With the issues becoming more and more prevalent, and often driven by the sport of football, last winter the WIAA tasked the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association with developing a proposal to address football-only conference realignment, an idea that had significant support from school administrators at the 2017 WIAA Area Meetings. After months of work by an ad hoc committee of WFCA Executive Board members, the WFCA has released its proposal.
The objective of the WFCA plan is to form a football-only conference model for implementation in the 2020 season that brings uniformity to the number of schools per conference and the number of conference games played by each team. Currently, some conferences feature as many as 11 teams while others feature as few as four. Some teams must win five games to qualify for the playoffs, while others have to win as few as two. Many schools are also having significant difficulty in finding non-conference games during the middle of the season if in a league with an odd number of teams.
The framework of the plan is to move all 11-Player football programs into uniform conference alignments of mostly eight-, but some seven-team leagues (along with nine-team conferences depending on total number of schools offering football). It has been our objective from the start to keep as many conferences together as possible while reaching the stated goals of the proposal. The WFCA final draft has moved only 18% (or 72 of 390+ teams) playing 11-Player football to a different conference. The WFCA has sought input from its members and contacted most of those schools that would change conferences. It is also worth noting that a 2017 WFCA survey showed more than 65% of coaches favored developing football-only conferences over the status quo.
Leagues that feature seven teams will be provided a designated "sister conference" that will feature required bye week crossovers in Weeks Three through Nine that will count in conference standings for both sides. As a result, all teams in the state will play exactly seven conference games, all in Weeks Three through Nine. Weeks One and Two will be open dates for schools to schedule their own non-conference contests.
There will be a designated process for schools to request review and relief from their designated conferences, with a two-year cycle (see below). A committee would review official written requests from member schools by February 1st of odd-numbered years, and then provide a recommendation to the WIAA Board of Control, who has final say in all realignment matters. Requests for relief must include the written approval of the head coach, Athletic Director, High School Principal, and District Superintendent. They must also provide rationale for moving conferences (not being able to win is not enough) as well as a plan for a proposed change.
WIAA procedures will also be in place to address situations where a team drops football, enters a new co-op, switches to 8-Player, or new teams are formed. Requests for relief would only be made in odd-numbered years, to be reviewed and then any changes implemented in the even-numbered years. Once implemented there would not be any changes until the next even-numbered year, so all conference designations would apply for a minimum of two years.



Still a mess, they didn't work too hard at it.
 

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What's the highlighted yellow mean?
 

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I like it for the Marawood…..but they should move Chequamegon ( Park Falls) to the Lakeland conference and give us Unity, Would save a lot of travel miles and time.
 

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I like it for the Marawood…..but they should move Chequamegon ( Park Falls) to the Lakeland conference and give us Unity, Would save a lot of travel miles and time.
Northland Pines with 400 plus kids vs Edgar at 176 should draw an automatic NO ! from the Marawood... once you let them start that stuff Score it sets precedent.
 

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Springs going to have harder go smallest school in their division
 

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Holy cow, my old conference saw the biggest change. Only Marshall and Waterloo are left.

Funny, that's pretty much the "conference" we competed in in middle school.
 
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