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IHSAA making a few changesPosted Friday, May 14, 2010, at 11:11 PM
The governing body of high school sports in the state of Indiana has made a few minor changes for future sporting events.
The Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association held their annual meeting on May 5 and decided to revamp a few things including re-classification of baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer every two years.
Previously it had recast the classes in those sports (except for soccer which was changed to a two-class sport at the same meeting) every four years, while football was done every two years.
That change now brings the rest of the sports into line with football -- and personally it's something that should have been done a long time ago.
With school enrollments fluctuating on a yearly basis, it was finally deemed by the IHSAA board to re-class all sports.
While it will likely not make much difference to area schools for now, down the road it might.
A second change to the rules came in the area of coaching education.
Each year prior to the start of a season, officials and coaches are required to attend a rules interpretation meeting.
In previous years any coach on the staff of a member school had to attend for each sport. There was no requirement that the coach attending be the head coach.
Well, the IHSAA has finally decided that the head coach should be the one in attendance to find out about any new rule changes or changes in interpretation of the rules from year to year.
It's about time that it's mandated, that's a no-brainer despite the fact that most head coaches did take the time to attend, there were some who had the mentality of "I know as much as I need to about the rules and I can get an explanation second hand" mentality.
Here we go again with the girls state basketball finals becoming a revolving door when it comes to where they will be played.
For the second year in a row, no Indianapolis venues will be available at the time of the girls state finals -- so once again there's open bids for the hosting site.
Last year the city of Fort Wayne gave the IHSAA the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum a spot and if I were a betting man, I'd bet there's a good chance that the venue will be open again, we'll have to wait and see. Rumor had it that Fort Wayne gave the IHSAA the use of the Coliseum for free.
Finally, I'd like to congratulate an old acquaintance on being elected vice-president of the IHSAA Board of Directors.
When I began in this business, Tim Grove the principal at North Knox High School, was a very valuable resource and a very supportive one as well.
Tim has been elected to fill the role of VP of the sports governing body.
Before you go saying there's another principal in charge of something they don't know a lot about, I beg to differ.
Tim was an assistant football coach for many years prior to being named principal and also has coaches in his family.
So I believe this is a nice reward for Tim, the brother of former Union (Dugger) volleyball coach Tammy Meurer, and I wish him all the best.
That about does it for this week, except for the fact that the Lady Miners are still ranked second in the latest softball poll.
Oh well, guess we'll see where it stands when the dust finally settles.
Ironically Madison-Grant and the Lady Miners were unranked when they met in the Class 2A softball title game last year.
Rick Curl is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487 or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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