NCAA rule change quashes high school basketball event

December 31, 2011

Compton Strategies recently announced that a six-game high school basketball event scheduled for Jan. 21 at Hinkle Fieldhouse has been canceled 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 in 2011.

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.

Meanwhile, NCAA officials are considering approving a similar rule covering girls’ high school basketball events at NCAA facilities. That affected Compton Strategies’ plan to have eight Hoosier Heritage Conference girls’ teams—Mount Vernon, Pendleton Heights, Rushville, New Palestine, Greenfield-Central, Delta, Yorktown and Shelbyville—play at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 21.

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

Compton Strategies has promoted more than 25 high school football and basketball events at Indiana facilities since 2006.


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