CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday approved eight of 10 proposals submitted by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's Board of Control.
The state board approved policy changes to clarify out of season coaching rules, provide limits for forfeiture of awards, provide an extra week to schedule games due to weather and the post-season tournament structure, and allow for consistency with state and local Board of Education policies.
However, the board rejected policy changes creating a fourth championship classification for high school football. The proposal would have decreased disparity in size between the largest and smallest schools in each of three current classifications. The proposal or a variation has been submitted and rejected by the state board four times in nine years.
The state board also voted against shortening the seasons of sports other than basketball and football, including soccer, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, track and field, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. The proposal was designed to reduce transportation costs and increase instructional time.
The SSAC, which is made up of middle school and high school principals, creates rules governing extracurricular activities, including athletic events and band. Any proposals also must get the approval of the West Virginia Board of Education before being enacted.
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