MIAA set to discuss D.C. merger in football

League to face questions by 6-team IAC tomorrow

High Schools

October 11, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Athletic directors and football coaches from Baltimore's private school league, which is considering a merger with the Washington-area Interstate Athletic Conference, will answer concerns among IAC officials tomorrow night, likely determining whether the union occurs.

The meeting will take place at Loyola Blakefield at 7.

"We have to address each of their concerns, and after we do that, we'll give our answers back to them, and they'll have to determine among their heads of schools and athletic directors by Nov. 15 whether they'll come in or not," said Rick Diggs, executive director of the Baltimore area's three-tiered Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

"We want this thing to happen," said Diggs, whose league is divided into strength-based A, B and C conferences. "But it's all going to depend on whether or not they like the answers we give to them."

Although the merger is favorable to the majority of MIAA coaches, athletic directors and principals, the MIAA's allowance of spring practices, early August start dates for fall practices and monitored, need-based, athletic scholarships are among the points of contention raised by the six-team IAC.

"They also want to be able to move junior varsity players up and down between the leagues at will," Diggs said. "Our constitution doesn't allow for that unless the move is specifically requested and the player is named and listed."

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