WIAA backs game officials, tells schools to stop going to court

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has called on schools to stop appealing officials’ decisions to the court system.

In a statement, WIAA executive director Stephanie Hauser said appealing decisions made by on-site officials undermines rules agreed upon by WIAA member schools.

“Our organization has bylaws, policies, and structures for handling grievances,” Hauser said. “When our members choose to circumvent these procedures, everything that has been built by members over the years is undermined.”

The statement follows an incident at the boys’ basketball tournament that led St. Thomas More High School to appeal a decision that expelled them from the tournament. Last fall, Edgewood fought a court battle with the WIAA after being removed from the state football tournament for fielding an ineligible player.

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The WIAA has asked member schools to continue to support student-athlete participation.

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