THE INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION IS CONSIDERING MAKING A SECOND CHANGE TO HOW HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS OPERATE, GROUPING MORE SCHOOLS IN FEWER CLASSES.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION PROPOSED CHANGING THE CURRENT FOUR CLASS BASKETBALL SYSTEM TO THREE.
SOUTH DEARBORN HIGH SCHOOL'S BOYS BASKETBALL COACH KERRY BROWN BELIEVES THINGS SHOULD STAY THE SAME.
"I think if we change it again, I don't know if it's going to get better or worse. I would like for us to just leave it the way it is and quit messing with it," BROWN SAID.
EAST CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTHEAST INDIANA IS CURRENTLY IN CLASS FOUR A, THE BIGGEST. WHILE THEY WOULD STILL BE IN THE BIGGEST CLASS IF RESTRUCTING OCCURED, HEAD COACH DAVE DISBRO SAYS IT WOULDN'T BE A BAD IDEA.
"It would be a positive for us, because some of the teams we would then be in with are local to us," DISBRO SAID
LAWRENCEBURG HIGH SCHOOL IS IN CLASS TWO A, THE SECOND SMALLEST. SIXTEEN YEAR COACH MIKE PRATT IS HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE.
"I think what we've got is not too bad, I think it's pretty good," PRATT SAID.
SOUTH DEARBORN HIGH SCHOOL IS IN CLASS THREE A. COACH KERRY BROWN SAYS THE CHANGE WOULD EFFECT POST SEASON PLAY MORE THAN ANTYTHING.
"We would move to a tougher sectional, I think the one we're in is tough enough, we would probably be in the big class," BROWN SAID.
BOTH COACH PRATT AND DISBRO HAVE BEEN COACHING BASKETBALL FOR OVER 15 YEARS IN INDIANA AND AGREE THE OLD ONE CLASS SYSTEMS WAS GREAT.
"I think we've made this work, but you know when we had one class system, I thought basketball in Indiana was exceptionally speciaL," PRATT SAID.
"I'm a history teacher, so I really like the one class system, but I don't think we'll ever do that again," DISBRO ADDED.
IHSAA COMMISSIONER BLAKE RESS SAYS THAT THE ASSOCIATION WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY BEFORE TAKING THE ISSUE TO A VOTE.
"Even if it passes, the changes won't take effect for at least two to three seasons," RESS SAID.
FOR MOST BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAMS IN INDIANA, THE 2008-2009 SEASON BEGINS NOVERMBER 26TH.