Restructuring the IHSWCA and they being on the forefront of addressing ethical and other issues that try to skirt the IHSAA rules. When a coach teeters on an ethical issue someone within the IHSWCA addresses their concerns to them and reminds them that while it may help their team in the short term, that in the long term it is not good for our sport.
OK I'll bite. Suppose for a moment that you are heading the ethics committee for the IHSWCA. How would you address a coach who makes in your estimation an ethical mistake by sending a JV lineup to team regional? What power or control does the IHSWCA have currently to correct/punish/admonish/penalize this coach?
I agree with you that there needs to be more ethical behavior among coaches as a whole, but how can this group that you yourself classify as fairly helpless do anything to a coach that would be of any substance? If the IHSAA would grant this group the ability to recommend action that the IHSAA would follow through on, then I think it's worth beating this drum. But if we are acting as an association only, what teeth do we have to make these penalties stick?
Right now, the association could deny a coach the ability to have his team participate in the Classed Duals, deny the offending team Academic All-State nominations, or release a statement condemning the actions of the offending coach. In the first two cases, the kids lose. Not a big fan of punishing kids for adult mistakes. The third amounts to a "No, No, You don't do that!" which means little.
What if the offending coach is not a member of the association? Would they be subject to the same penalties?
In theory, this sounds like a good idea. But it will take a lot more ideas to make something like this work.