INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s high school football coaches are proposing
changes aimed at improving the competitiveness of the state tourney.
The plan from the Indiana Football Coaches Association includes adding a
sixth tournament division by taking the 32 largest schools out of the
current Class 5A.
The Indianapolis Star reports the wide enrollment discrepancy in the current
64-school Class 5A worries coaches since it ranges from nearly 4,800
students at Indianapolis Ben Davis to about 1,600 at Fort Wayne Wayne. The
past 12 Class 5A championship winners have all been among the 32 largest
The proposal also calls for a formula including recent tourney performance
and level of poverty at schools as a factor in whether teams are moved to
larger or smaller classifications.