|Tue, Sep 16, 2014 05:28 AM
|Issue of September 10, 2014
May 14, 2014 | 11:30 AM
The Indiana High School Athletic Association Board of Directors, in its annual review of the IHSAA By-Laws on May 5, approved moves involving the girls' basketball season and also passed measures put forth by the Indiana Football Coaches Association with regard to summer participation and practice schedules.
The group approved, by an 18-1 vote, moving up the start of the girls' basketball season by one week. Effective July 1, 2015, the first practice date, first authorized contest date as well as the dates of the state tournament will each be one week earlier to allow the entire girls' basketball state tournament to be played separate from the boys' state tournament. In turn, the decision also will ensure the girls' state finals will be played in Indianapolis. As was announced in March, the girls' finals will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse beginning next season.
Also approved were recent proposals from the Indiana Football Coaches Association that go into effect immediately.
The body unanimously voted for a proposal from the IFCA, including an amendment that would establish a more detailed criterion for conducting football practices, particularly the initial four days of practices with regard to allowable contact, equipment to be used and the duration of practices.
Also approved by a 19-0 vote was a proposal from the Indiana Football Coaches Association creating a new section of the participation rule establishing specific criteria for football participation in the summer, including an amendment that specifies that the maximum time for a school's Activity Day will be 3.5 hours during a five-hour period. Schools will be allowed to sponsor up to 12 Football "Activity Days" where coaching staffs may work with two or more players from their teams. During those 12 days, five "Competition Days" may be designated, allowing players to practice with or compete against players from another school.
Other significant items from Monday's meeting include:
•Approving 18-1 an amendment to allow local school corporations to select coaching education courses as approved by the IHSAA and establish three levels of accreditation. This measure goes into effect with the 2015-16 school year.
•Approving a new section of the Enrollment and Attendance rule establishing requirements for a student enrolled in a virtual education school to qualify for participation in athletics at the public school serving the student's residence.
•Turning down a measure by an 18-0 vote that would change the penalty for a transfer for primarily athletic reasons from 365 days of ineligibility to 365 days of limited ineligibility.
•Affirming unanimously an amendment to standardize rules in sports that use controlled scrimmages that a scrimmage may not occur sooner than the day following the fifth day of practice.
•Approving by a 15-4 vote increasing the number of season contests permitted in boys' and girls' basketball from 20 games to 22 games.
•Clarifying the transfer rule that allows a foreign exchange student full eligibility for a maximum of one calendar year regardless of whether that year spans more than one school year.
•Approving the addition of Rules 200 and 201 regarding Unified Athletics.
The elections for next year's leadership of the board and executive committee also took place. Indianapolis Cathedral Principal Dave Worland was voted president of the 2014-15 board of directors and Fort Wayne Snider Principal Deborah Watson was selected as vice president. Tim Grove, superintendent of South Knox School Corp., was named chairman of the 2014-15 executive committee and Mike Broughton, athletic director at Jennings County, was confirmed as vice chair.