The IHSAA releases new enrollment totals for the upcoming 2-year class cycle

The IHSAA releases new enrollment totals for the upcoming 2-year class cycle

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The Indiana High School Athletic Association released Monday the total enrollment to be used for the next two-year reclassification cycle.

Enrollment figures, which are submitted by schools to the Department of Education, will be used to determine classifications in the realigned team sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, soccer, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball for the next two games. – the annual cycle.

The intrigue has increased this year after the IHSAA’s executive committee approved a plan last June to classify the four-class sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, softball and volleyball by a different process. Instead of dividing the classes evenly, the largest 20% of schools will be placed in Class 4A, the next 25% in 3A, the next 25% in 2A, and the smallest 30% in Class A. Football ( six classes) and football (three classes) will continue to be classified as they have been in recent years.

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Rankings in each sport will be announced in the coming weeks. Following this announcement, committees made up of school administrators will present recommendations for sectional alignments that will be up for approval at the IHSAA executive committee meeting in late April. The success factor of the tournament will be included in the new lineups.

Some pullbacks from the registration numbers (*IHSAA made revisions to its original version, so has made some changes to the numbers below):

∎ The 20% number for Class 4A appears to be 81.2 schools. School no. 81 is Logansport (1,226 records) and No. 82 is Greenwood (1,211 records). Keep in mind, you will have the tournament success factor factored into the reclassification. There are three more schools coming up for tournament eligibility in 2026-27 in GEO Next Generation, Mooresville Christian and Seven Oaks Classical School.

Among the notable schools that will look to drop to 3A in the next classification cycle are New Palestine (No. 83 with 1,209 students), Cathedral (No. 84 with 1,172 students), Crispus Attucks (No. 85 with 1170 students) and Roncalli (no. 92 with 1082 students). Shelbyville, Marion and East Chicago Central are among the other notable schools that will drop to 3A in four-class sports.

∎ Going by percentages, there would be 81 schools in 4A, 102 schools in 2A, 102 schools in 3A and 122 schools in Class A.

∎ That would roughly put the 3A/2A boundary in four-class sports at Oak Hill (No. 183 at 583 students) and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (No. 184 at 532 students). Again, factoring in the success factor will change these limits slightly. But it looks like Speedway (No. 173 out of 571 students) and Cascade (No. 178 out of 546 students) are fine in the 3A bracket, while Western Boone (No. 192 out of 513 students), Heritage Christian (No. 195 out of 507 students) , Monrovia (No. 196 with 503 students) and Cardinal Ritter (No. 200 with 498 students) would fall to 2A in four-class sports.

∎ The Class 2A/A cutoff for four-class sports will be roughly at Riverton Parke (No. 285 with 320 students) and North Newton (No. 286 with 319 students). Again, these cutoffs are not exact due to the tournament’s success factor, but should be in that range.

∎ Be prepared for very different section layouts especially in Class 4A. These will mostly be five-team sectional fields, I would think. The whole week will feel different in 4A basketball.

Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.

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