Poll: Hoosiers Want Single Class Basketball
(Marion, Ind.) – State Senator Mike Delph says Hoosiers want the state to go back to having a one-class high school basketball tournament.
Delph (R-Carmel) has been pushing for the move and has new poll numbers revealed Tuesday during a meeting in Plymouth, Indiana to back him up, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Performed by Washington D.C.-based Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, the telephone survey found 49 percent of Indiana residents want the one-class tournament to resume while 32 percent like the current four-class system which began in 1998.
The survey asked 500 Hoosiers from all 92 counties. Sixty-five percent of the people surveyed were between the ages of 18 and 55.
The poll also revealed that 64 percent do not follow Indiana high school basketball closely, but 85 percent believe the sport to be important to the state’s identity.
The Star said the survey was paid for by political action committee Indiana Family Action. It had a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
Results from the poll reflect the outcomes of straw polls performed at a series of meetings across the state held by Sen. Delph and Indiana High School Athletic Association Director Bobby Cox. During a March 1 meeting at Milan High School, attendees voted 67-3 in favor of single-class hoops.
Cox said at the meeting that the IHSAA is not opposed to bringing back the old tournament format, but it would have to be at the wishes of the organization’s 408 member schools.
“States and communities spend millions of dollars to build an identity like that and we just gave it away,” Delph said. “I’m trying to get it back.”
The next class basketball town hall meeting with Delph and Cox will be Thursday evening at Marion High School, followed by two more on May 16 at Connersville and May 24 at Gary Roosevelt.