Two points I want to make on this thread:
1.) There have been a few posts on how poorly the WIAA has set up the sectionals, and how lazy they are. I am not going to refute that, I am going to prove that. I am reminded of a talk I had with my AD in college (who was a friendly and accessible guy). I was attempting to convince him that our CC team winning a trophy at nationals (D3 of course), was a bigger deal than our basketball team making the field of 64 for the basketball tournament (D3 of course). He responded, “Let me stop you right there. Nobody cares about cross country. Period.” We all live in the CC bubble. We are coaches, athletes, former athletes, or people who have friends or family in that world, so we care a lot about what happens. The WIAA does not. They put more thought and care into football and basketball, because those are the money sports. Those are the ones a majority of the population is actually interested in. When football or basketball teams make it to state, schools give their kids the day off. When teams make it to CC state, many students probably do not even know. The state finals for football and basketball are shown live on TV. Cross country gets a half hour recap show a few weeks after it happens. The WIAA doesn’t care about cross country. Coaches complaining are like a mosquito buzzing around them to be swatted away. I think it was @westharrier who said that the coaches need to take control of the meet somehow. That is probably the only way anything will change.
2.) I was thinking about the post from earlier this morning about how unfair it is for “second tier” teams like Grafton or NB West, to be put into the same sectional all the time as Port, Shorewood, and Wisco. I was reminded or when i was coaching and a member of the WCCCA. I went to the organizational meeting Friday afternoon of the clinic a few times. What struck me, and is the main reason I can’t get behind all of this complaining about the sectionals, is because you never hear any coaches from the second tier teams complaining about how unfair the sectionals are. The Grafton coach would never say, “Well it sucks that we’re in a sectional with Shorewood and Wisco.” What you do get, is the Wisco coach saying, “Some year we might not make it to state, and that would be unfair.” In my opinion, most of the complaining about sectionals is done by coaches of big schools, who are trying to “retain control of their fiefdoms.” These schools will make it to state 19 out of 20 years, but the year they don’t, it’s because “the sectionals are unfair.” I really just can’t give much credence to their arguments.