The IHSAA Executive Committee tabled the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s three-class proposal during a meeting Monday.
Among several moves the board made, one was to put the complicated proposal on hold and form a committee with the IHSAA, IBCA and the state’s athletic directors organization to work on specifics contained in the proposal.
Phil Gardner and Sandra Walter will be on the committee for the IHSAA, but there is no word who will represent the other entities. The committee is to present its findings to the executive committee in October.
It’s a good thing, said Tom Beach, the IBCA’s past president and chairman of the IBCA committee that penned the proposal. All along through the process, we felt the IBCA, the IHSAA and the athletic directors could sit down and work out a plan that could make our tournament better. The IBCA feels like we have a lot of good ideas, but there are still things the IHSAA can bring to the table and things the athletic directors can bring to the table that we don’t know about.
I know there are things they liked about our proposal, and there are some things they thought needed to be tweaked. That’s all right. I don’t have any problems with that. We are going to sit down and try to work things out.
The proposal whittled the current four classes to three, but each class would have two divisions at the sectional level. The two divisions would come together in the regional and then go with three classes until state champions in 3A, 2A and 1A are crowned. The proposed tournament would create 80 sectional champions, 20 regional, six semistate and three state champions.
There is some interest in this proposal, but it has a lot of moving parts with financial implications for our member schools, IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said in a statement. We decided creating a task force was a good course of action to further study the impact and its feasibility.
In another move, the IHSAA board voted to move the girls basketball season forward a week that will have it starting in early November and the state finals will not be on the same weekend as the boys sectional finals.
I always felt it was not a very smooth transition for everybody involved, Canterbury girls coach Wayne Kreiger said. It was obvious to us that it was always an issue. From that standpoint, it is a good move.
In other action by the committee:
The golf state finals will be moved from The Legends Golf Club in Franklin to Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, beginning with the girls season in the fall.
The boys basketball season will increase by two games to 22 with tournament, 20 without.
The length of quarters in basketball for junior varsity games was changed from six to seven minutes.