Sound Off: IHSAA Opposes One-Class Bill

By Eric Dutkiewicz

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - When the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 4 for a short session, one of the bills proposed to the state senate would alter the current format of Hoosier Hysteria.

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) introduced a bill that would return both boys and girls basketball to a single class system. The Indiana High School Athletic Association divided basketball into four classes in 1997.

Proponents of one-class basketball harken back to the underdog stories of the 1950s, jamborees at Memorial Coliseum and immortality that came with championships.

Opponents of a single class say smaller schools have less chances to make long runs, lose money in the process and are left out of championship aspirations.

The IHSAA opposes a return to one-class basketball. Communications Director Chad Kaufman says the main reason is lack of support from the IHSAA's 408 member schools. He says, as of 2006, only 11 percent of member schools supported a one-class basketball system in the state.

Click on the video icon to see Kaufman's interview with Tommy Schoegler and Kent Hormann.

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