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IHSWCA State Duals Selection Committee makes two important classification decisions


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The IHSWCA State Duals Selection Committee has finalized two important decisions regarding the classification of schools into 3A, 2A, and 1A for next season and going forward:

 

1. The committee voted to wait (as it did in 2013) for the new IHSAA enrollment data to be released in March before finalizing classifications for the 2015-16 selection process.  Although the committee felt it inconvenient not to be able to track teams' "official" scores throughout the individual state series, the importance of using accurate data that is designed to govern all sports for the next two years felt too important to ignore.  As a result, all State Duals qualifying leaderboards published during the IHSAA individual state series will be "provisional" until enrollment data is available just after the individual state finals.

 

2. The committee voted to follow the IHSAA's policy of not scoring teams that have 2 or less participants at sectional.  As such, those teams will no longer be included in the classification process. 

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Practical implications of the new decisions:

 

First of all, we're down from 312 to 308 schools entered for sectional.  That alone means 2 teams from 3A would move down to 2A and 3 teams from 2A would be down to 1A. 

 

Then, the decision not to count teams with less than 3 participants in classification will reduce the count by a few more teams  (6 teams that are entered this year had less than 3 sectional entries last year) and send more teams down.  All told, if we weren't waiting on the new data, and if those 6 teams repeated their entries from a year ago, 4 teams from 3A would be moving down and 7 teams from 2A would be down to 1A.  Among those would be Jasper, New Pal, and New Castle heading to 2A and Oak Hill, Centerville, Southmont, and Delphi heading to 1A.

 

BUT, we are waiting on the new data until the beginning of March.  So we won't know any of this with certainty until then.  Whatever the case, there will obviously be significant jostling between the classes for next year.


And yet they will "score" teams with 5 or less that even with all state champions would not be in the voting.....

Yes, just as a team of 5 guys with all sectional champs has no chance to win sectional yet gets scored by the IHSAA.  The committee still feels it very important to stick to the value of "all-in" for its event.

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Practical implications of the new decisions:

 

First of all, we're down from 312 to 308 schools entered for sectional.  That alone means 2 teams from 3A would move down to 2A and 3 teams from 2A would be down to 1A. 

 

Then, the decision not to count teams with less than 3 participants in classification will reduce the count by a few more teams  (6 teams that are entered this year had less than 3 sectional entries last year) and send more teams down.  All told, if we weren't waiting on the new data, and if those 6 teams repeated their entries from a year ago, 4 teams from 3A would be moving down and 7 teams from 2A would be down to 1A.  Among those would be Jasper, New Pal, and New Castle heading to 2A and Oak Hill, Centerville, Southmont, and Delphi heading to 1A.

 

BUT, we are waiting on the new data until the beginning of March.  So we won't know any of this with certainty until then.  Whatever the case, there will obviously be significant jostling between the classes for next year.

Yes, just as a team of 5 guys with all sectional champs has no chance to win sectional yet gets scored by the IHSAA.  The committee still feels it very important to stick to the value of "all-in" for its event.

While I agree with the "all-in" concept, the committee needs to reconsider this number to at least 4 or 5 participants.  If those 5 sectional champ can't win a sectional, they won't win a team state dual.

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