Indiana high schools will retain their enrollment numbers from the most recent two-year period and will not realign or reclassify schools for one year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced over the weekend.
The 2020-21 enrollment numbers “showed significant fluctuation” at many schools across the state that the IHSAA said was likely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the IHSAA questioned the true representation of those numbers.
After discussion at the monthly IHSAA Executive Committee, the members voted 18-1 to extend the current classification cycle for the upcoming school year. Points earned in the Tournament Success Factor for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons will be applied toward sectional groupings for the 2021-22 school year.
All schools will remain in their respective current classifications in each sport for the upcoming school year except for those who meet the Tournament Success Factor criteria, according to the press release.
Since the state tournaments in boys basketball, softball and baseball were canceled in 2020, no schools in those sports will move up next school year since on one scored six points, which is the necessary point total to move up.
Schools already playing up a class in those sports could remain in the same classification or revert to their enrollment class once points are applied.
Reclassfication will resume for team sports next school year with enrollment figures from the 2021-22 school year for the next two-year cycle.
Points from the Tournament Success Factor from this school year and results in the 2021-22 tournaments will be applied for the next two-year cycle.