If the IHSWCA tournament had this type of long term transition plan it might gain support.
Chad, here's one possible way I could see it playing out over time:
Long-Term Transition Plan - starts small, but shows how it can grow to include everyone eventually
Side Note: In order to gain support and interest from the start, it should immediately begin with classing the tournament
2011-12... Last year of IHSAA Team State
2012-13... Top 8 teams from 3 classes invited (3 venues holding 4 mats should be easy to find)(pool format, not one-and-done)
2013-14... Top 16 teams from 3 classes invited (3 venues holding 8 mats will be a little more challenging, but possible)(again, pool format)
2014-15... Any IHSWCA member school can announce their intent to enter by May 2014. Teams split into 3 classes and divided into 16 Sectionals for weeknight duals on Tuesday and Thursday. 16 champs per class from each Sectional compete on Saturday for the title.
2015-16 and beyond... More and more teams will become part of it.
*Invitation procedures still need to be figured out. Not everyone agrees right now about the best way to do it.
*Requiring teams to be IHSWCA members will help the coaches association grow across the state.
*Letting teams choose to be part of it lets developing programs enter whenever they feel ready. If they think they'll just get slaughtered and it's a waste of their time, then they have eat option of not competing in it. Support will have to start from those who want it to succeed.
*Teams not involved on that Saturday can participate in another tournament that day.
*Making teams commit to the intentions in May will give the IHSWCA time to organize it and make all the necessary arrangements with venues and officials.