The Indiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee unanimously rejected a proposal to alter the format of the high school basketball tournament at its monthly meeting on Friday.
The executive committee voted 17-0 against a proposal presented in August by a study committee made up of leadership from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the IHSAA Board of Director and the IHSAA staff.
The proposal would have called for the largest 64 schools to make up Class 4A, with the smaller three classes split evenly. Class 4A would have had 16 four-team sectionals, while Class 3A, 2A and A would have had seven- or eight-team sectionals. At nine administrators meetings around the state in the fall, the IHSAA reported only 68 of 228 who voted in a straw poll (23 percent) were in favor of the new format.
The current format has the four classes split evenly by enrollment. IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox said the format could be considered again during the next reclassification cycle in April of 2015.
“I want to commend the Executive Committee for their thoughtful deliberations surrounding the basketball tournament format proposals,” Cox said in a release from the IHSAA. “The Committee entertained two different proposals throughout this process and in the final analysis, those varied proposals did not significantly improve the current tournament format. While the Association is not presently modifying the four class tournament, several salient points were raised during the conversations and those objectives will be considered during the next reclassification and realignment exercise which will occur in April of 2015.”