IBJNews

Indiana basketball tourney format to get second look

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A state Senate committee rejected an effort Wednesday to resurrect Indiana's single-class high school basketball tournament, but the head of the statewide high school athletics governing body agreed to review the current format.

The Senate education committee deadlocked 4-4 on the provision in a measure that sought to restore the single-class format abandoned 14 years ago. Afterward, Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, who introduced the legislation, agreed to drop the tournament provision.

Bobby Cox, commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, agreed after the vote to review the current four-class system, which groups the IHSAA's 408 member schools according to enrollment. But he said he thinks the current format is more fair to smaller schools and that lawmakers should allow the schools to decide how to run the tournament.

"I don't anticipate that there are going to be any wholesale changes in it, but I've told the senator that we're going to work together and we're going to study it and we're going to reach out to the public," Cox said.

Delph said he introduced the bill because the current tournament format has "failed miserably" and because the old tournament, celebrated in the 1986 movie "Hoosiers," helped to unite the state for decades.

"I told (Cox) how important I thought basketball was to the cultural identity of the state — that it's a sport unlike any other sport in how it's perceived by the people of Indiana," he said.

No timetable has been set to review the tournament, which will include town hall-style meetings across the state to gauge public sentiment about the current system.

The tournament provision was included in a bill that also sought to block school districts from starting the academic year before Labor Day and to require schools to teach cursive writing. Senate education committee members voted 6-2 Wednesday to approve Delph's request to change the bill's start date requirement to the fourth Monday in August, but the committee deadlocked on the other provisions. The committee chairman withdrew the bill from further action Wednesday, leaving its fate uncertain.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Too late
    Well this is a time waster. However - I really believe that basketball should have never strayed from a single class system. That being said, the IHSAA should appologize for runing a good thing and leave it alone. far too much damage has been done. What I would like to see is schools classified by other factors besides enrollment - such as income of families that attend, donations, facilities and so on. Some private schools, especxially in football that are 2a or 3a, should be in 5a!
  • Brought to you by the party of “less government”
    Another case of a member of the “less government party” sticking its his nose into things outside his purview. I’d like for Senator Delph let us know how this is going to bring jobs that sustain families to the state of Indiana.
  • past
    Well, let's live in the past, maybe basketball was the glue that held Indiana together 45 years ago, not true in this century. High school sports are not a major entity as it was back then when it was the only weekend activity in a community. too many concerts, electronic games trips to college campuses for the weekend for high school kids, they really don't care and Delph needs to get a life, if he doesn't get this he is out of touch and needs to step down from the legislature and let a more "grounded" and aware person be in office.
  • Single Class Tournament
    The decision rests with appropriate people. Lets hope they are forthright in their word. The single class tournament served a social purpose similar to that of the county and state fair system in summer.
  • Really!
    And REALLY this issue is important why? We have moron legislators !
  • Progress...
    I'm so happy they are tackling the tough issues that will bring jobs to Indiana. IDIOTS!

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

ADVERTISEMENT