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IHSA delays "success factor" until '15-'16

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The IHSA announced Monday it will delay the implementation of the new multiplier waiver and success factor until the 2015-2016 school year. The move was made at the IHSA Board of Directors' regularly scheduled meeting Monday in Bloomington. The success factor, aka "The Bump," would bump non-boundaried schools up a class beyond their multiplier if they have won two state trophies in a four-year period. The "success factor" would have send the St. Thomas More girls basketball team up to Class 3A. Instead they will now stay in 2A next season.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The IHSA announced Monday it will delay the implementation of the new multiplier waiver and success factor until the 2015-2016 school year.  The move was made at the IHSA Board of Directors' regularly scheduled meeting Monday in Bloomington.  The success factor, aka "The Bump," would bump non-boundaried schools up a class beyond their multiplier if they have won two state trophies in a four-year period.  The "success factor" would have send the St. Thomas More girls basketball team up to Class 3A.  Instead they will now stay in 2A next season.

"The Board believes that the changes approved to Policy 17 in February will help maintain competitive balance in the state," said IHSA Board President Dan Klett.  "However, conversations with school personnel in our respective districts led the Board to believe that more education and feedback was needed before implementing these changes."

The Board also made a slight modification to the "success factor" formula.  The original rule said a school would be subject to "The Bump" if they won two state finals trophies in a four-year period.  The new language requires that one of those state trophies be won in the two most recent school years.

OTHER ACTION ITEMS:

1. The IHSA will begin accepting bids to host the boys and girls state basketball tournaments beginning in 2016 and running through the 2019 tournaments.  The boys tournament is currently held at Carver Arena in Peoria, while the girls tournament is played at Redbird Arena in Normal.  The IHSA is expected to announce the new host sites in March.

2. The girls state golf tournament will stay in Decatur through at least 2019.  The IHSA approved an extension to keep the Class A championship at Red Tail Run and the Class AA championship at Hickory Point through 2019.
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