IHSAA proposal could reshape Indiana basketball class alignments, sectional pairings

The Indiana High School Athletic Association will vote Oct. 2 on a proposal to reclassify Class 4A to the 64 largest schools by enrollment.

Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

Big changes could be coming to Indiana High School Athletic Association basketball tournaments.

If the IHSAA executive committee votes on the proposed changes Oct. 2, the realignment would classify the 64 largest schools by enrollment into Class 4A and split the tournament into 16 four-team sectionals.

All 4A sectional games would be played on a Saturday.

The remaining schools in Class 3A, 2A and A would be split evenly (approximately 114 schools each) and divided among 16 sectionals — each with seven or eight teams — in each class. Those games would remain as they are now on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday format.

In the current format, there is an average of 101 schools in each classification.

According to a release from the IHSAA, the proposal is a result of a two-year study conducted by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association in cooperation with the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and IHSAA. 

The IHSAA wrote that the change attempts to address concerns school administrators and basketball coaches have expressed — including the discrepancy in the largest to smallest Class 4A schools and the competitive balance within each sectional.

If the proposal passes, Goshen, Elkhart Memorial, Elkhart Central, Concord and Penn would remain in Class 4A, while Northridge would join NorthWood, Wawasee and Marian in Class 3A. Jimtown would likely drop to Class 2A.

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