There’s been talk about an enrollment multiplier for months from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. On Monday, a WIAA committee made its recommendation.
The proposal is a success-based multiplier that will impact all member schools, both public and private. It is a deviation from previous proposals that sought to add a 1.65 multiplier to private schools when it comes to postseason placement.
The backbone of the plan is an initial three-year window, starting with the 2013-14 school year, in which a school will be assigned points for how far it advances in a WIAA tournament. A team receives one point for reaching the quarterfinals, two for the semifinals, three for advancing to the state championship and four for winning a state title.
If a school accrues more than six points in the three-year period, it will be promoted to the next highest division.
Not all sports, most notably football, will be subject to the multiplier. The sports used are boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, softball, and baseball.
According to the WIAA, the reason for using those seven sports is that they’re all WIAA-sponsored team sports that involve a multi-divisional playoff format in which every school qualifies and doesn’t have individual champions.
Under the proposed guidelines, divisional placement would be based upon those schools promoted to a higher division following the three-year window first. Next, all non-promoted teams would be added to the field based upon normal enrollment procedures.
Should there be too many teams in a division, the smallest school(s) with no success-factor points would be moved down. A school cannot be moved down by another’s promotion if they’ve collected any points in the three-year window.
Promotion won’t be permanent for the affected schools. If they fail to accumulate at least seven points, they’ll leave the division.
Regarding co-op teams, once a co-op is formed, the point total will be equal to that of the combined schools.
The committee will meet again Nov. 18 before making its final proposal to the WIAA Board of Control on Dec. 5.
— Tom Dombeck writes for HTR Media, Manitowoc