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NIAA to address spring sports

LVN News Service

A proposal to start the 2015 spring season for all sports one week early will headline the agenda today when the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control holds a special teleconference meeting.

Northern representatives will meet at 2 p.m. in the NIAA state office in Reno. Representatives from the South will meet in the Clark County School District Administrative Center in Las Vegas.

Washoe County Student Activities Director Brian Rothe and Division I Northern Region Commission Ron McNutt have requested the start date for spring sports to be moved from Feb. 28 to Feb. 21 in all divisions. The request stems from a decision approved in June by the NIAA to hold all state championship events one week before Memorial Day, wrapping up state championships on May 16. The 2015 season is the only one that will be impacted by the changes.

The request was tabled by board members on Sept. 24 during their regularly scheduled meeting last week at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno.

Board members may accept, decline or table the proposal.

One other item on the agenda will be the formation of a committee to address realignment, postseason tournament format and universal tiebreakers for a period from 2016-2020.