Class basketball supporters can relax, for now

January 19, 2012
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The Indiana state senator who called for an end to class basketball has called a time out on his legislation.

Class basketball will continue in Indiana for the time being and a sequel to “Hoosiers” will have to wait.

The portion of Senate Bill 236 dealing with class basketball has been benched this session. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, put language in the bill that would restore single-class basketball by forcing schools to go back to the single-class system or else they’d be banned from participating in an interscholastic athletics association.

Delph decided not to put a full-court press on the IHSAA to go back to just one class. In a release, he says he struck a deal with IHSAA in which the athletic association “is willing to study the possibility” of going back to single-class basketball. Apparently, the IHSAA will consider an internal review and hold hearings statewide to allow residents to share their views on class basketball. You might say Delph’s trying to get the crowd on his side so he can win this game.

The IHSAA says they’re willing to study the possibility, but that doesn’t mean they’ll go back to it. If Delph doesn’t like what the IHSAA decides, will the legislation have a starting role in his legislative lineup next year?

 

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