IHSAA to vote on change to tournament

IHSAA to vote on change to tournament

A significant change to the high school basketball tournament will be up for vote at Thursday’s Indiana High School Athletic Association executive committee meeting.

As reported in January, IHSAA commissioner Paul Neidig said the association planned to poll the state’s athletic directors, basketball coaches (boys and girls) and principals on the possibility of making the regional a single game (instead of two) and the semistate a two- game day similar to the current regional format.

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IHSAA to vote on change to tournament

Neidig said 73.4% of the 781 respondents were in favor of the change with all four groups voting at least 70% in favor. If it is voted though by the executive committee, the changes would be implemented for the upcoming school year.

One of the benefits of the change is to allow more teams to play on semistate weekend and make that round of the tournament more of an event. Following the one-game regional, Neidig said there would be a blind draw similar to the sectional draw where each of the four-team semistate fields is unveiled.

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