Basketball Tournament Proposal Presented To IHSAA Committee

IHSAA Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS – The final proposal to alter the state basketball tournaments was presented to the IHSAA Executive Committee today for its
consideration.
The proposal was a result of two years of comprehensive study by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) in cooperation
with the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) and the IHSAA.
The Executive Committee will vote on it at its next scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014.
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‐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: 1.) the discrepancy
in the size of schools from the largest to smallest within Class 4A and 2.) 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.

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