Three words that are paramount to the IHSAA: Participation, Scholarship and Sportsmanship. So important are these three expanses, the IHSAA has created three separate committees comprised of member-school administrators, coaches and staff to study, discuss and potentially propose enhancements in these areas
to our Board of Directors.
Initially this spring, the IHSAA will reconvene the Participation Rule Study Committee. Their work will focus on a critical review of the recently amended rules for contact during the school year out-of-season. Additionally, the committee will begin taking a deep dive into summer activities at our member-schools. The challenges for the Participation Rule Study Committee continue to be the achievement of an appropriate balance between suitable programming during these out-of-season opportunities while providing flexibility and time away for student-athletes and coaches.
A new committee being assembled for the first time in many years is theScholarship Rule Study Committee. As the landscape of education-based athletics continues to change rapidly, so too does the waterfront of education delivery systems. Conversations surrounding virtual learning, dual credit courses, minimum standards of achievement along with graduation pathways and their impact on student-athletes will dominate this new committee’s discussion.
Finally, the Sportsmanship Task Force will reunite to examine the successes of our ongoing sportsmanship initiatives and look to new opportunities.