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Coupeville High School/Middle School Athletic Director Willie Smith. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Anything is possible.

When school sports return, there is a chance 6th graders at Coupeville Middle School will be allowed access to the same athletic opportunities currently afforded to Wolves in 7th and 8th grade.


The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association passed an amendment Monday which allows 6th graders to participate in all WIAA sports with the exception of football.

Previously, they only had the chance to try cross country and track, which were used as test sports for the idea.

The amendment, one of 18 to be OK’d, received the absolute minimum “yes” votes needed for approval in a 32-21 tally by members of the WIAA’s Representative Assembly.

To be implemented, the plan must be approved at the local level by school officials (principal, superintendent, and school board), while also garnering a thumbs-up from a school’s league and district.

Coupeville High School/Middle School Athletic Director Willie Smith is all for 6th graders hitting the field and court, though he acknowledges there could be issues which prevent the change.

“We would be interested in having our 6th grade participate fully,” he said. “However, our middle school league is a bit all over the map.

“Mostly because some schools don’t have sixth grade on the same campus, and are not 6-8 … so there is no definitive plan as of now.”

While CHS was part of the North Sound Conference the past two years, CMS plays in the Cascade League, which includes South Whidbey, King’s, Granite Falls, Lakewood, Northshore Christian Academy, and Sultan.

With the high school moving down from 1A to 2B for at least the next four years beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, it’s bouncing over to the Northwest 2B/1B League.

CMS is expected to remain in the Cascade League, and currently fields teams in volleyball, boys soccer, cross country, girls and boys basketball, and track.

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Logan Martin and other boys basketball players will have a shorter shot clock to work with next season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Change is coming.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Monday its Representative Assembly passed 18 amendments, covering a broad range of sports.

The first change which jumps out is the decision to allow 6th graders to participate in all WIAA sports with the exception of football.

That amendment passed by the absolute skin of its teeth, getting the minimum “yes” votes needed in a 32-21 thriller.

Track and cross country were used as test sports for the idea, with Coupeville Middle School among those who participated.

With WIAA approval, if just barely, now the decision lands in the hands of local administrators.

For 6th graders to compete, there has to be school (principal, superintendent, school board), league, and district approval.

It’s unknown at this time if CMS, which fields volleyball, boys soccer, cross country, girls and boys basketball, and track teams, will go all in on the new status quo.

Another amendment lowers the shot clock for high school boys basketball from 35 to 30 seconds, making it uniform with the girls game.

That decision didn’t seem to induce any panic in Coupeville High School coach Brad Sherman.

“I’m confident our guys can get a good look in 30 seconds,” he said with a big smile.

The shot clock vote passed at 50-3, while an amendment to allow contact at only one practice during two-a-day football workouts went through with a 27-7-1 tally.

That change won’t alter how CHS football approaches practice.

“Our normal two-a-day consists of offense in the morning and defense in the afternoon,” said Wolf head coach Marcus Carr. “We never tackle during offensive periods, that is install.

“During defensive practice we install the defense and we have a tackling progression circuit we conduct. So this will not impact us that much.”

In fact, the amendment just puts into words how many high school gridiron teams already operate.

“It’s about keeping the players as safe as possible by limiting contact and my staff and I are fully onboard with that,” Carr said. “We have the equipment necessary to teach safe proper techniques/tackling without beating ourselves up.”

While 18 amendments passed, five failed, and none crashed harder than a plea to allow high school basketball teams to schedule 24 regular-season games instead of 20.

That idea was snuffed out by a 31-4 vote.

The WIAA Representative Assembly is made up of 53 school administrators pulled from all nine of the state’s districts, with 35 from high schools and 18 from middle schools.

An amendment needed a 60% approval rate to pass, and most go into effect beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.


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