New NCAA rule kills high school hoops games at Hinkle

December 29, 2011
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Compton Strategies recently announced that a six-game high school basketball event scheduled for Jan. 21 at Hinkle Fieldhouse has been cancelled due to a new NCAA rule.

A deal to hold the one-day event—the Hinkle Classic—was crafted by Indianapolis-based Compton Strategies and Butler University officials earlier this year.

A new NCAA policy bans non-scholastic participants such as Compton Strategies from hosting boys high school basketball events at NCAA facilities. A night doubleheader between Avon and Mooresville and rivals Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern headlined the event.

"The rule is designed to prevent institutions from hosting these events to bring elite prospects to campus or to facilities regularly used by institutions in order to circumvent recruiting rules," said NCAA spokesman Cameron Schuh.

Meanwhile, NCAA officials said they will consider a rule involving similar girls high school basketball events at NCAA facilities during an upcoming January session.

Eight girls teams—Mt. Vernon, Pendleton Heights, Rushville, New Palestine, Greenfield-Central, Delta, Yorktown and Shelbyville—from the Hoosier Heritage Conference were to play four games at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan 21.

The Hoosier Heritage Conference contacted Compton and the two parties agreed to a marketing and promotional concept that would protect the conference schools from financial losses. Officials project at attendance in excess of 6,000.

Due to the new NCAA rule, Compton Strategies, which has done over 25 high school football and basketball events at Indiana facilities since 2006, has been forced to cancel three high basketball events (two at Hinkle Fieldhouse and one at Assembly Hall in Bloomington) that have impacted 36 Indiana high school basketball teams.

Six girls games and 12 boys games have been cancelled as a result of the new NCAA rule, said Ray Compton, the company’s president. Compton said his company provides the schools an opportunity to raise funds through advance ticket sales for the events while taking no financial risks.

  • NCAA
    Keep it up, NCAA, and you will force the market to seek other ways to govern themselves. You've become like Congress, much too impressed with yourselves. Your own rules will someday doom you to nothingness, long before you can see it coming.
  • Wow
    NCAA, we should be so proud to have them in our City...NOT.
  • AND this rule
    is in pursuit of what, exactly? Who benefits? What harmful behavior does it address? Having such events seems to be a great way for schools to do fundraisers, as mentioned, with little risk - I would presume that IHSAA rules would still apply to the student-athletes and the schools, regardless of the tournament organizer. I suppose that the event could still be held, if scheduling can be arranged between the Pacers/NBA, et at., at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse. (and isn't THAT a mouthful! Better than CNO Financial, though...)
    • Red Flag
      The event probably can't be held at Banker's Life Fieldhouse because it biases high school students to want to play for the Pacers some day. (Makes me wonder if Eli Manning played a high school all star game at Giants Stadium, but was never invited to San Diego)
    • Same in Bloomington
      There was supposed to be a tournament like this at Assembly Hall. There were 6 games set up and I believe one was a HS girls game too. They even had local teams set up to play there. It was set up by John Lascowski and was going to be called The Classic. It's a shame that these kids won't get the chance to play on that historic court. They were even allowing the teams to warm up at Cook Hall and take the tunnel from Cook Hall to the locker rooms like the IU teams do. A good time and experience ruined by the NCAA.

    Post a comment to this blog

    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
    1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

    2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

    3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

    4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

    5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.