Single-class or multi-class high school basketball tournament? Now you can be part of the debate

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

The debate between the old single-class high school basketball tournament and the current multi-class format has once again re-ignited in Indiana.

The IHSAA is now giving Hoosiers the chance to voice their opinions on the controversial issue.

The IHSAA kicked off a six-week long series of town hall meetings Tuesday night at Fort Wayne Northrop High School.

It was the first of 11 sessions planned through late May with IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox and state senator Mike Delph of Carmel, who's long advocated for a return to the state's storied single-class tourney format.

The meetings will be used to gather public input on what's become a hotly contested topic for Hoosiers since the current four-class system was put in place back in 1998, one that some commissioners say promotes fairness.

About 60 people attended Tuesday night's forum in Fort Wayne, which began with several people lamenting the loss of the old system.

Some talked about the loss of tradition and how significant it was for a smaller school to win their sectional over larger schools.

But others praised the current system for allowing those smaller schools to reach the finals.

If you'd like to weigh in on the issue, Plymouth High School will be hosting one of these town hall meetings coming up on May 8 at 7 p.m.

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