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Does anyone have a copy of the Sectional alignments from the 3-class era?

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Not totally sure other than more schools participating! I would like to know why they do the postseason different than baseball! The boys have a 4 team regional and the girls have a 2 team regional then the girls 4 team semi and boys 2 team semi!

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10 hours ago, titan21 said:

Not totally sure other than more schools participating! I would like to know why they do the postseason different than baseball! The boys have a 4 team regional and the girls have a 2 team regional then the girls 4 team semi and boys 2 team semi!

That is odd. I admit, if I had it my way, all sports outside of football would be consolidated into 3 classes for tournament play. 

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On 7/19/2016 at 1:32 PM, DanteEstonia said:

Thank you. Is there any reason why the ISHAA got rid of 3-class softball?

It is written somewhere in the IHSAA bylaws how many or what percent of schools participating is a given sport necessitates how many classes. 

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RULE 2 – CLASSIFICATION OF SCHOOLS

2-1 Classification Criteria

Schools may be classified in Team Sports up to a maximum of Four (4) Classes, except

football, according to the following criteria:

a. If Fifty percent (50%) of the member Schools sponsored a team and entered the IHSAA

tournament in the previous year, that sport may have Two (2) Classes.

b. If Seventy-five percent (75%) of the member Schools sponsored a team and entered the

IHSAA tournament in the previous year, that sport may have Three (3) Classes.

c. If Ninety-five percent (95%) of the member Schools sponsored a team and entered the

IHSAA tournament in the previous year, that sport may have Four (4) Classes.

a. If there are Two (2) Classes — 1A=50% of Schools; 2A=50% of Schools.

b. If there are Three (3) Classes — 1A=33% of Schools; 2A=33% of Schools; 3A=33% of

Schools.

c. If there are Four (4) Classes — 1A=25% of Schools; 2A=25% of Schools; 3A=25% of

Schools; 4A=25% of Schools.

d. If there is One (1) more School than equal division, that School may be placed in the

smallest Class.

e. If there are Two (2) more Schools than equal division, those Schools may be placed One

(1) each in the smaller Two (2) Classes.

f. If there are Three (3) more Schools than equal division, those Schools may be placed One

(1) each in the smallest Three (3) Classes.

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On ‎7‎/‎19‎/‎2016 at 10:10 PM, titan21 said:

Not totally sure other than more schools participating! I would like to know why they do the postseason different than baseball! The boys have a 4 team regional and the girls have a 2 team regional then the girls 4 team semi and boys 2 team semi!

The softball is played with a 1 game regional during the middle of the week so the tournament can be run in a 3 week span.  That way the state finals are not the same weekend for both baseball and softball.  To make a softball semi state 1 game, it would have to be played in the middle of the week only giving schools and communities just a few days to prepare for the state finals.

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Ok, here is my next question. Baseball had 385 teams competing this year and softball had 374 teams. Not much difference, why does the boys get 4 weeks to play the tournament and the girls only get 3 weeks?

After thinking about it, it probably has to do with pitchers!

Edited by titan21
rethinking

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20 hours ago, titan21 said:

Ok, here is my next question. Baseball had 385 teams competing this year and softball had 374 teams. Not much difference, why does the boys get 4 weeks to play the tournament and the girls only get 3 weeks?

After thinking about it, it probably has to do with pitchers!

Pitching is some of the answer. In the old 1 class teams played 2 game for state. Semi finals in the morning and the championship that night. Have to get to the championship night game, so the #1 pitchers always threw the morning game. So you never had 1 vs 1 in the final. Now you can ride a stub through most of the tournament and get the #1 pitcher in the state game.

 

So to answer why the girls get only 3 weeks for the tournament? Because it's girls. Football ends the fall season, boys basketball ends the winter season, and baseball ends the spring season.

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