IHSAA tournament changes regional and semi-state formats

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The Indiana boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments will see a major change next season.

The IHSAA executive committee voted 15 to 2 to make the regional round a one-game and the semi-state a two-game format. The change will go into effect for next winter’s tournaments.

The previous format, in place since 2002, reversed the order, with a two-game regional game and a single semi-state game.

The decision, announced on Thursday, follows a survey of managers, sporting directors and coaches. The poll showed that 73.4% of 781 respondents preferred the change.

“We really like the potential for a high-energy atmosphere at the semi-state level with a chance to qualify for state championship games the following week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the Pacers and Fever,” the commissioner said. of IHSAA Paul Neidig. “This new format will double the number of teams playing one more week in the tournament and should create a lot of excitement in those communities and will be financially beneficial to the communities that serve as host sites.”

The IHSAA said regional pairings will be drawn and announced at the same time as section pairings. After regionals, IHSAA will conduct a blind draw for semi-state pairings and announce them on IHSAAtv.org.

Changes to movement limits

The committee changed its travel limit to 300 miles. Member schools will be permitted to compete against schools more than 300 miles away as long as the competitions are held at a venue within the 300 mile range and the out-of-state schools are members in good standing of their respective athletic associations. ‘State.

Indiana schools may also accommodate out-of-state schools beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their home state’s athletic association and the competition is sanctioned by the two sports associations.

Schools that have become full members

The committee granted full membership to Dugger Union, Evansville Christian, and Purdue Polytechnic. Schools are now eligible to compete in IHSAA State Championships beginning in the fall.

Changes to ticket prices and allowances

The committee approved an increase in ticket prices for several sports that raises admission to section games from $6 to $7. Members also increased officials’ allowances by $10 at all levels and increased mileage rates for officials from 25 cents to 50 cents.

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