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Issue of October 15, 2014
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Basketball tourney proposal presented to IHSAA committee

August 13, 2014 | 09:39 AM

The final proposal to alter the state basketball tournaments was presented to the IHSAA Executive Committee last week for its consideration.

The proposal was a result of two years of comprehensive study by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association in cooperation with the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

The executive committee will vote on it at its next scheduled meeting, Thursday, Oct. 2.

Following the next realignment, which begins with the 2015-16 school year, the largest 64 schools by enrollment would make up Class 4A. Sixteen sectionals would be played containing four teams each, and all games would be played on a Saturday. The remaining schools in Classes 3A, 2A and 1A (approximately 114 in each) would then be evenly distributed among 16 sectionals in each classification and contain either seven or eight schools. Those games would be played as they are now in a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday format.

Currently, teams are equally distributed across all four classes with an average of 101 schools in each.

The football state tournament was conducted last year using a similar model with the top 32 teams making up Class 6A with the next 34 making up 5A.

The proposal attempts to address concerns school administrators and basketball coaches have voiced including:

•The discrepancy in the size of schools from the largest to smallest within Class 4A.

•Competitive balance in that similar numbers of schools would be placed in each sectional.

An additional part of the proposal calls for the IHSAA staff to determine host sites at each level of the state tournament with the same site hosting both years of the alignment window.

In recent years, school administrators within each sectional have determined the host site with some rotation between schools.

2 schools approved for IHSAA membership

Two schools were approved for initial probationary membership by the IHSAA Executive Committee during its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

Applications were approved from Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School in Indianapolis and Traders Point Christian Academy in Whitestown.

Gambold enrolls 110 students currently in its freshmen and sophomore classes, while Traders Point enrolls 78 students in four grades. Students at each school will be able to compete in regular season events immediately but, by IHSAA rule, won't be eligible to participate in state tournament series competition for four years (2018-19).

Each school will enter a four-year probationary membership period during which it will be required to meet a number of criteria in order to gain full membership.

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