Football rule changes affect Carroll, Homestead, Snider

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KPC News Service

INDIANAPOLIS — Due to the recent change in the Tournament Success Factor point system, an updated version of the 2019 and 2020 football state tournament assignments in Classes 6A and 5A was approved June 21 by the IHSAA Executive Committee.

The change will affect Carroll and Homestead high schools, as the initial realignment would have forced Snider High School to play in 5A. Under the new system, Snider will now play in 6A, Sectional 3  in 2019, alongside Carroll, Homestead and Noblesville. Warsaw will replace Noblesville in that sectional in 2020.

The modification to the Tournament Success Factor at the committee’s April 29 meeting lowered the number of points needed from three points to two points by a school already playing in a higher classification to continue playing in that same class for another two years.

Schools that win a regional championship in a single season or a sectional championship in back‐to‐back seasons would remain in that same higher class. The rule previously had required three points (two sectional titles and a regional title) to continue in that class.

With that rule change, both Snider and Indianapolis Cathedral each accumulated two points over the last two seasons, enough to remain in Class 6A and 5A, respectively. The sectional assignment announcement released on April 29 had Snider in Class 5A, Sectional 11 and Cathedral in Class 4A, Sectional 22, the same day the new tournament success factor rule was changed. Cathedral will now be in Class 5A, Sectional 13.

That rule change, coupled with Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial consolidating to form a new and larger Elkhart High School that will compete in 6A in 2020, affects several teams from one year to the next. One of those is Zionsville, which will compete in 6A, Sectional 5 in 2019 but 5A, Sectional 12 in 2020. Previously, Valparaiso had been that school which would split time between classes but will now spend both years in 5A, Sectional 9. Another is Carmel, which will compete in Sectional 4 in 2019 but Sectional 5 in 2020.