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IHSAA will consider basketball tourney proposal

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The IHSAA Executive Committee will vote on a proposal to change the state basketball tournaments’ class alignments when it meets in October.

The committee on Thursday received the final proposal for consideration. It was the result of two years of comprehensive study by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

The IHSAA Executive Committee’s next meeting is Oct. 2.

According to the proposal, the largest 64 schools by enrollment would make up Class 4A and would play in 16 sectionals including four teams each, ,with all of the sectional games played on a Saturday.

The remaining schools in Class 3A, 2A and A would then be evenly distributed (about 114 teams in each class) among 16 sectionals in each class,. Those sectionals would include seven or eight teams and would be played according to the current schedule format — Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The changes, if approved, would take effect for the 2015-16 season.

The current format for the state tournaments has the classes divided close to equally, with about 101 schools in each class.

According to the IHSAA, the proposal is an attempt to address concerns school administrators and coaches have about the discrepancy in the size of the schools in Class 4A, and the need to have similar numbers of teams in each sectional for competitive balance.

Also, the IHSAA approved probationary membership for two new schools — Gambold Preparatory in Indianapolis and Traders Point Christian in Whitestown.

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