IHSAA report concludes no changes needed to state basketball tournaments
INDIANAPOLIS — Following weeks of public town meetings and surveying Indiana High School Athletic Association member schools, IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox has issued his final report on the study of the boys and girls basketball tournament formats.
A series of 11 meetings, hosted by both individuals, were scheduled around the state allowing citizens to voice their opinions on the basketball tournament formats and also vote their preference by straw ballot. Of the 514 ballots cast during the 11 meetings, 68.09 percent favored a return to the single class tournament while 31.91 percent supported the current multiple class tournament.
However, the IHSAA also electronically surveyed principals, athletic administrators, boys and girls basketball coaches, as well as boys and girls varsity basketball players at IHSAA member schools. Each of those groups showed strong support for the multiple-class tournaments with a majority of principals (76.82%), athletic directors (79.29%), basketball coaches (54.97%) and student-athletes (72.16%) voting in favor.
Following the findings of the study, the IHSAA is not making any adjustments to the current tournament formats.
The study originated following an agreement between Cox and Indiana State Senator Mike Delph (R) of Carmel to remove language Delph had introduced as part of Senate Bill 236 during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly which would have made it illegal for any school corporation to compete in a multiple-class basketball tournament.
During the town meeting series tour, individuals from both the general public and the media presented and called for a number of compromise formats attempting to incorporate different elements of both the single-class and the multiple-class tournament formats. To that end those suggestions will be forwarded to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association for consideration and potential proposals originating from this organization to the IHSAA Executive Committee. Any proposals that would alter the current structures and authored by the member schools or the administrative and coaches associations will continue to be accepted and studied by the IHSAA Executive Committee.
On June 21, the IHSAA voted in favor of a two-year tournament success factor in basketball as well as all other team sports (baseball, football, soccer, softball volleyball), whereby teams would accumulate points and could potentially move up a class based on past state tournament performance.