some people, including the media, just cant let go. it's only been six years, lets keep complaining
This was an odd year because WE dropped and they had to reorganize the divisions leaving a hole in the schedules for some teams and with the late notice it was a scramble for some schools. It should get better going forward.
Like I said being involved with a majority of these coaches, most of them think it will go back to the Old FVA sooner than later, with the WVC schools having the choice to join the greater northern conference
or other conferences in that area
Nope, the GNC would not be a viable option...and what "other conferences in the area?"
The only real relief other than VFA for the WVC is going to districts. Period. And even then they'd still probably play some FVA schools.
I've said it before, I'll say it again... use the West Bend model and split the larger WVC schools into 2 sports programs and you solve all of your travel and scheduling issues.
Approx enrollments if the largest schools are split:
DCE East 813
DCE West 813
SPASH East 1039
SPASH West 1039
Wausau West 1328
W Rapids East 771
W Rapids West 771
That gives us 8 WVC sports programs and you could probably get WE back for 9 and then only have to find 1 non conf game and with the new split enrollments you match up much better with the GNC for non conf.
The now largest schools aren't going to like being the smaller schools but do they really have a leg to stand on with that?
Cost of hiring 2 coaching staffs. Have a bake sale to pay for it like many are suggesting schools should do to pay for shot clocks.
IMO the WIAA should be all for this as it creates way more playing opportunities for kids in every sport.
I am not crazy I know this will never happen but when a conference is faced with issues they cannot resolve on their own then maybe, just maybe, the WIAA needs to step in and do more than force other well functioning conferences to take on and absorb the burdens of another conference.
You realize this is happening all around the state in regards to football, correct? It's all about competitive equity in the face of a widening gap of haves and have-nots.
Again, let's just go to districts that are adjusted every two years and a large chunk of these issues go away (yes, some schools may have to take longer bus rides...oh darn). Better to retain as many 11-man programs as possible rather than to lose them to 8-man and season cancellations, right?
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