The Indiana High School Athletic Administration and state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, on Wednesday detailed a series of town hall meetings in which residents can express their opinions about single-class and multiple-class basketball.
Eleven high schools all over the state will host the forums over the next several weeks, with the first set for April 10 at Northrop High School in Fort Wayne.
Participants will be given two minutes each to voice an opinion, with a straw poll taken at each meeting.
School officials will also be permitted to express their opinions by message sent to the IHSAA.
"While the IHSAA is a private, non-for-profit membership organization with elected representation, I feel it is important for our organization to listen to the opinions of the general public in an effort to clearly communicate those sentiments to our member schools," IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said in a statement. "I look forward to travelling the state with Sen. Delph and visiting with Hoosiers during the next two months."
Here are the other meetings:
Apr. 16, 2012, Vincennes Lincoln HS 7 p.m. ET
Apr. 17, 2012, Plainfield HS 7 p.m. ET
Apr. 23, 2012, Seymour HS 7 p.m. ET
Apr. 24, 2012, Pendleton Heights HS 7 p.m. ET
Apr. 25, 2012, Merrillville HS 7 p.m. CT
May 1, 2012, Milan HS 7 p.m. ET
May 8, 2012, Plymouth HS 7 p.m. ET
May 10, 2012, Marion HS 7 p.m. ET
May 16, 2012, Connersville HS 7 p.m. ET
May 24, 2012, Gary Roosevelt HS 7 p.m. CT
Class basketball has been controversial in Indiana since its inception in the late 1990s.
Indiana, traditionally a basketball-loving state, used to have a single-class system for basketball, as detailed in the popular 1986 movie "Hoosiers."
Concern over the competitive nature of the games between smaller schools and larger schools prompted, in large part, the transition to a class system based on the size of the school. The change also allowed more schools to advance in a divided playoff system.
Opponents of class basketball said the change effectively killed the mystique of the tournament and led to decreased popularity of high school basketball in Indiana.
Delph introduced a bill in the recently ended legislative session that would have forbidden schools from participating in a basketball class system.
He said that a compromise reached with the IHSAA prompted him to take that language out of the bill.
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