A bid by Hug High School to have independent status granted to its girls soccer and volleyball programs was denied last Wednesday during the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control’s summer meeting in Reno.
Hug’s petition to change its status for those two sports in 2014-15 was discussed, however, no vote was taken since a motion to approve was not seconded by any board member. Hug will continue to participate in the Northern Division I Northern Region’s High Desert League in all sports.
In other action taken by the Board of Control at the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, a motion was approved in which three Las Vegas schools will move into Division I-A starting this fall. Del Sol will move into the I-A Sunrise Region, while Spring Valley and Sierra Vista will move to the I-A Sunset Region. In May, the NIAA released its rubric point totals, which calculates a school’s performance in 20 sports over a two-year period.
In another item regarding the South, Rancho (North Las Vegas) was granted independent status for its football program during the next two seasons. The decision was based on safety concerns, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A motion to end the state’s spring sports season before Memorial Day weekend in 2015 was approved by board members.
Board members also discussed introduction of a proposed change for the alignment of Northern boys and girls soccer leagues to create a relegation type format for Divisions I and I-A.
The Board will bring back an item at its next meeting regarding a minimum participation rule student athletes must meet to be eligible for the postseason in swimming and diving, track and field, cross country, golf, tennis, wrestling and bowling.
The NIAA Board of Control’s next scheduled meeting is Oct. 1-2 in Reno.