Over one year ago, the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) surveyed state athletic directors about their opinions about the current IHSAA four-class system. The results indicated a significant level of dissatisfaction, spurring the IIAAA proposal of a new three-class system that would keep sectional travel to a minimum and reprise the four-team, two-game format at the semi-state level for both girls and boys basketball.
That proposal was sent to the IIAAA membership last spring (see our coverage) and gained momentum and support from nearly 60% of athletic directors all around the state. After some tweaking to the sectional format of the proposal, the three-class idea has progressed to the next stage, where it will be formally presented to the 15-member IHSAA Executive Committee this Friday.
In coverage by the Lafayette Journal & Courier, IHSAA Communications Director Chris Kaufman says that the Executive Committee will not be taking action on the proposal on Friday, but just listen to the proposal presentation by the IIAAA and then will take some action on the proposal at a later date, which could include approving it, voting it down or sending it to committee for further study.
The current four-class system was put in place during the 1997-98 season.
FORMER KOKOMO COACH CHARLIE HALL NAMED INDIANA ALL-STARS DIRECTOR
Not sure if we just completely missed the boat on this one or if it also landed under the radar for everyone else, but former long-time Kokomo girls basketball coach Charlie Hall (left) was named the new director of the Indiana All-Stars Basketball Series in August. Hall, who comes to the position after one season as an assistant at Ball State, will be challenged with trying to reinvigorate one of Indiana's longest held basketball traditions.
The All-Star series has lost its luster as of late with low attendance rates at games, and the two-week format was causing some athletes to forego the honor because of the required time commitment. A new compacted one-weekend format for both games was instituted for the series this past summer to accommodate the early summer demands of college programs on their incoming freshmen athletes. But more work to get the series back on track will be needed.
Expect to see Charlie in the stands at games all around the state this year. He plans to see quite a few games in an effort to be knowledgeable about the talent in the senior class.
"You know filling those first five jerseys is pretty easy. It's those last seven that are difficult," says Hall in the Kokomo Tribune.
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