Off Topic but I know we've discussed Indiana high school sports on here quite a bit in the past. The IHSAA has approved two changes for the football tournament starting int 2013. You can read about it here:
The first one is pretty straightforward: There will now be six classes now in football. Only instead of having six classes of an equal number of teams (I guess that would make too much sense) they will split class 5A into two classes of 32 teams each. The main reason for this move seems to be that Ben Davis, Carmel, and Warren Central have dominated the state championships of Class 5A since the 80's, but if they're going to be that silly about it why not just make class 6A those three schools? Yes I'm being snarky, but it's not like the "big three" of Indianapolis football will suddenly stop dominating the state championship, they just have to win fewer games to do it now. Not only that how hollow does that make the class 5A championship now? It's just another class title, only with fewer teams in the field. Personally I've always felt that there were too many classes in Indiana football, but a lot of that has to do with the failed premise that football, like basketball, every team should be in the tournament. Maybe not everyone will agree with me here, but I think there are different mentalities in football than in basketball and while basketball works with a tournament that invites everyone, football works better when a handful of select teams who performed well in the regular season are allowed to play for the title (there's a reason they're called playoffs). Once again I realize not every one sees it this way but it's how I feel, and just another reason why I think this new format is a step in the wrong direction.
Another different but just as bad proposal put in place pertaining private schools. Obviously there has been a number of complaints that private schools have dominated lower class state titles. So the IHSAA has put in a goofy "point" system where a private school is given 1 point for a sectional title two points for a regional title, and so forth and if a team scores more than six points over two years they'll be bumped up a class for the next two seasons. Once again this is a dumb idea and is practically begging for a discrimination lawsuit from private schools who feel they're being singled out. If Indiana feels that private schools have that much of an advantage, why not do what other states have done and have a public school league and a private school league?
Both of these are consistent with the most common criticisms levied against IHSAA over the years: They will take something that isn't broken, and try to fix it until it's broken beyond repair, and they have this belief that "everyone should have a chance" while ignoring that some schools simply have advantages over others. If the organization is truly interested in curbing the advantages that the three biggest schools in Indianapolis enjoy, then maybe they should pressure Indianapolis public schools to end open enrollment. At the end of the day, however, IHSAA simply needs to accept the fact that some schools will simply have an advantage over others no matter what type of system they put into place.
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