The study originated following an agreement between Cox and Indiana State Senator Mike Delph (R) of Carmel to remove language Delph had introduced as part of Senate Bill 236 during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly which would have made it illegal for any school corporation to compete in a multiple class basketball tournament.
A series of 11 meetings, hosted by both individuals, were scheduled around the state allowing citizens to voice their opinions on the basketball tournament formats and also vote their preference by straw ballot. Of the 514 ballots cast during the 11 meetings, 68.09% favored a return to the single class tournament while 31.91% supported the current multiple class tournament.
The IHSAA also electronically surveyed principals, athletic administrators, boys and girls basketball coaches, as well as boys and girls varsity basketball players at IHSAA member schools. Each of those groups showed strong support for the multiple class tournaments with a majority of principals (76.82%), athletic directors (79.29%), basketball coaches (54.97%) and student-athletes (72.16) voting in favor.
Following the findings of the study, the IHSAA is not formulating any adjustments to the current tournament formats. Any proposals that would alter the current structures and authored by the member schools or the administrative and coaches associations will continue to be accepted and studied by the IHSAA Executive Committee.
The report, which was forwarded to Senator Delph on Thursday, may be accessed here.