Regional and semi-state basketball formats are changing this coming season

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The format change will double the number of teams playing later in the season.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana High School Athletic Association has voted to change the basketball tournament format.

The executive committee voted 15-2 on Thursday to make the regional round a single game and the semi-state round a two-game format starting in the 2022-23 season.

The change in format is in part due to positive feedback from boys’ and girls’ basketball managers, athletic directors, and coaches across the state. This spring, IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig conducted a format change survey with 73.4% of 781 respondents voting in favor of the change.

Regional pairings will continue to be drawn and announced at the same time as traditional Section pairings with two Regional Championship matches played at the same venue and potentially in different classes.

Semi-state pairings will be announced the day after the regional title matches and will take place in the form of a blind draw.

Tournament sites will be announced later this year.

“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,” Neidig said. “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 previous format of a two-round regional match and a single semi-state match had been in place since 2002.

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