Ind. legislators consider basketball tourney bill

January 24, 2012 10:00:00 PM PST
The Indiana High School Athletics Association opposes a state Senate proposal aimed at forcing a return of the state's single-class basketball tournament.

The Senate's education committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday afternoon on a bill that includes the tourney proposal, along with provisions that would block school districts from starting their academic year before Labor Day and require the teaching of cursive writing.

IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox says the current four-class system for basketball tournaments in place since 1998 promotes fairness. That decision upended more than 80 years of tourney tradition that was celebrated in the 1986 movie "Hoosiers."

Some legislators failed in the 1990s to force at least a voter referendum on the tournament. The House in 2005 passed a resolution seeking the single-class tournament's return.

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