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IHSAA presents new hoops plan

– In the final version of a plan to reform the Indiana high school boys and girls basketball tournaments, the 64 largest schools would be placed in Class 4A, with the remaining schools distributed evenly (114 each) among the three other classes.

The proposal was presented before the IHSAA Executive Committee on Thursday and is scheduled to be put to a vote by the committee Oct. 2.

The IHSAA collaborated with the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association on two years of study that led to the plan.

The status quo consists of an even distribution of teams across all four classes.

The reform proposal would kick in for the 2015-16 school year after the next round of realignment.

The 64 largest schools by enrollment would be in 4A, with 16 four-team sectionals in that class, all played on a Saturday.

The other classes would also have 16 sectionals per class – but with seven or eight teams in each and with games played as they are now in a Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday format.

The plan also gives the IHSAA power to determine host sites for each level of the tournament with the same site hosting both years within a realignment window.

The state football tournament moved last year to a similar format, with the 32 largest schools in Class 6A and the next 34 in 5A.

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