Big changes coming to 3A football, basketball sectional
On Monday, the IHSAA Executive Committee approved the sectional groups in eight team sports, while the IHSAA Board of Directors approved a proposal that would allow home-schooled students to participate in IHSAA sports under certain conditions.
The Executive Committee unanimously accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees which placed member schools into sectional groups in eight team sports for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.
Three committees consisting of school administrators representing each IHSAA district and class were constructed to realign the sports. The baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball committee, along with the soccer committee, consisted of 12 individuals while the football committee totaled 18 members.
Among the biggest shake-up is football for local teams. Corydon Central and North Harrison remain together in Class 3A Sectional 31, but the teams around them have changed. Due to enrollment, Silver Creek moved to Class 4A while Heritage Hills moved west to Sectional 32. Added to the sectional are Brown County and Washington.
Area football sectionals are as follows: Class 3A Sectional 31 ‘ Brown County, Brownstown Central, Charlestown, Corydon Central, Mitchell, North Harrison, Salem and Washington; Class 2A Sectional 39 ‘ Clarksville, Crawford County, Eastern (Pekin), Indianapolis Emmerich Manual, Milan, Paoli, Providence and Triton Central; Class 5A Sectional 14 ‘ Floyd Central, Franklin, Jennings County and Whiteland.
Byes in Class 3A Sectional 30 won’t be handed out the next two years in five sports. The sectional will hold eight teams, the lone sectional in the class to do so. Added to the sectional is a familiar foe, Madison.
The following are boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball teams in Class 3A Sectional 30: Brownstown Central, Charlestown, Corydon Central, Madison, North Harrison, Salem, Scottsburg and Silver Creek.
The Class A Sectional 62 remains unchanged in boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball and volleyball with Borden, Christian Academy of Indiana, Lanesville, New Washington, Rock Creek Academy and South Central. Four teams ‘ Borden, Lanesville, New Washington and South Central ‘ will make up Class A Sectional 62 in softball.
The Class 2A Sectional 46 features six teams in boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball: Clarksville, Crawford County, Eastern (Pekin), Henryville, Paoli and Providence.
The Class 4A Sectional 15 features six teams in boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball: Bedford North Lawrence, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, New Albany and Seymour.
In girls’ soccer, Corydon Central remains in a loaded Class 2A Sectional 30, which adds 2011 Class A state champion Providence. Teams in the sectional include Corydon Central, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, New Albany, Providence and Silver Creek.
North Harrison remains in Class A Sectional 46 in girls’ soccer. Teams in the sectional include Christian Academy of Indiana, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, North Harrison, Northeast Dubois, Salem and South Spencer.
In boys’ soccer, Class 2A Sectional 30 has five teams: Corydon Central, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, New Albany and Silver Creek. The Class A Sectional 60 has five teams as well: Christian Academy of Indiana, Lanesville, North Harrison, Providence and Rock Creek Academy.
In a separate meeting, the IHSAA Board of Directors unanimously approved allowing home-schooled students to compete on athletic teams at the local public school serving their residence as long as certain criteria are met. The measure goes into effect with the 2013-14 school year. It was one of 20 proposals approved during the board’s annual review of the association’s by-laws.
The criteria includes: 1. the student, in conjunction with the school, provide proof to the IHSAA that the spirit of the eligibility rules will not be compromised including passing a physical examination and participating in the required number of practices in a given sport; 2. the student must have been home-schooled for the previous three consecutive years; 3. the student completes all statewide examinations as authorized by the Indiana Dept. of Education; 4. the student’s family must submit grade information to the school to affirm the student is passing all courses and; 5. the student must be enrolled in the school for which the student is participating for a minimum of one class per day.
‘Today, the IHSAA Board of Directors expanded the opportunity for additional high school-aged students in our state to experience the values of education-based athletics,’ IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said. ‘New rule 12-5 now allows a non-public, non-accredited student the prospect of presenting themselves as a candidate for an interscholastic team under specific conditions. I am very pleased that the board of directors has embraced this concept as our association continues its pursuit of becoming more inclusive while maintaining appropriate academic standards.’
Other significant items from the meeting are highlighted below:
Formally ratified (19-0) the Tournament Success Factor which was approved by the Executive Committee last June. It calls for a point system to be used by which a school would move up a class in any given sport based on its tournament success and accumulation of points during a two-year window.
Approved 19-0 an amendment to Rule 18-1 (Minimum Course Enrollment and Grades for Participation) requiring a minimum of four full credit subjects to address situations where a student’s maximum course load is not specified or is a reduced course load, especially in instances where a student is coming from a home school.
Approved 19-0 a pair of amendments to clarify that a foreign exchange student qualifies for full eligibility under the foreign exchange rule only when the student attends a school for one year or less. Any continued attendance at any school will result in the student qualifying for limited eligibility during the subsequent year.
Unanimously affirmed an amendment clarifying limiting the number of boys’ and girls’ tennis matches to ‘a maximum of five tourneys and total matches not to exceed 22.’
Amended 19-0 the wrestling rule on the maximum number of contests to clarify that, if a team competes in the seven tournaments allowed, schools may also use four of those as two double duals or two dual meets or any combination thereof to get four dual meets.
The only proposal that was defeated (12-7) on the agenda was one from Jay County Principal Phil Ford which would have allowed the length of quarters in boys’ and girls’ JV basketball games to also be played at seven minutes. Quarters are currently six minutes long in those contests. Further discussion on this rule is expected.
Also, the elections for next year’s leadership of the board and Executive Committee took place. Columbia City Athletic Director Geoff Penrod was voted president of the 2013-14 board, and Tim Grove, superintendent of the South Knox School Corp., was selected as vice president. Phil Ford, principal at Jay County, was named chairman of the 2013-14 Executive Committee, and Debb Stevens, athletic director at Caston, was confirmed as vice chair.