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WIAA District proposal shot down
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STEVENS POINT - Wisconsin's high school athletic association has voted against a wide-ranging football proposal that would end traditional conference affiliations for similar-sized districts.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's Board of Control voted 8-2 Wednesday to reject the football district proposal. However, the group says there's still a need to address the issues the plan tried to fix.

The board says some schools experience scheduling difficulties in small conferences and others play with schools that have much bigger or smaller enrollments.

An alternative plan discussed would be a football-only conference realignment, offering relief to conferences experiencing difficulty in scheduling due to limited conference members and to schools without a conference affiliation or with large enrollment disparities within their current conference configuration.

The WIAA will also continue to look at ways to modify the existing football calendar to avoid playing three games in 10 days at the end of the season.

Implementation of these considerations is targeted for the fall of 2011.

The Board of Control acted on a number of other football recommendations, including passing a coaches advisory recommendation to remove the overall win-loss percentage from the criteria for seeding teams following determination of the field in 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

For more information, check out today's edition of The Monroe Times.