The IHSAA Executive Committee approved the sectional assignments in six team sports for the next two school years. 
Following a minor adjustment made in boys soccer, the Executive Committee accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees which determined the sectional groups for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
In football, different assignments for Class 5A and 6A were issued for the 2019 and 2020 seasons affecting a handful of schools. 
In 2019, Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial will compete in 5A but consolidate to form a new and larger Elkhart High School which was assigned to compete in 6A in 2020. As a result, the smallest 6A team – Valparaiso – will drop to 5A for the 2020 season. Those two moves will create different groups of teams in Sectionals 2, 9 and 10 from one year to the next. 
Three committees consisting of school administrators representing each IHSAA district and class were constructed to realign the sports. 
The football committee totaled 18 administrators, the basketball and volleyball committee was made up of 12 members and the soccer committee consisted of nine individuals. 
The baseball and softball realignment committee will meet this summer after both state tournaments conclude in June with their sectional recommendations being presented to the Executive Committee for approval at its August meeting.
*—Classifications with enrollments for fall sports were announced on February 28. Note: Noblesville moves to Sectional 3 in 6A, joining Carroll (Fort Wayne), Homestead and  Warsaw. Westfield replaces Noblesville in Sectional 4, joining Carmel, Fishers HS and Hamilton Southeastern.
*—Zionsville rejoins Sectional 8 in boys and girls basketball, replacing Anderson.

Boys Basketball Sectionals
Class 4A
Sectional 8 (6)
Carmel, Fishers HS, Hamilton SE, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville.
Class 3A
Sectional 24 (6)
Delta, Hamilton Heights, Jay County, Muncie Burris, New Castle, Yorktown
Sectional 27 (6)
Brebuf Jesuit, Guerin Catholic, Bishop Chatard, Manual, Shortridge, Lebanon
Class 2A
Sectional 39
Blackford, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Sheridan, Taylor, Tipton
Class A
Sectional 42 (7)
Covenant Christian, Howe Community, Scecina Memorial, Irvington Prep Academy, Park Tudor, University

Girls Basketball Sectionals
Class 4A
Sectional 8 (6)
Carmel, Fishers HS, Hamilton SE, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville.
Class 3A
Sectional 24 (7)
Delta, Hamilton Heights, Jay County, Muncie Burris, New Castle, Winchester Community, Yorktown
Sectional 27 (7)
Brebeuf Jesuit, Guerin Catholic, Bishop Chatard, Heritage Christian, Manual, Shortridge, Lebanon
Class 2A
Sectional 38 (5)
Clinton Prairie, Fountain Central, Rossville, Seeger, Sheridan
Sectional 43
Cascade, Covenant Christian, Park Tudor, University, Western Boone

Football Mercy Rule Approved
The IHSAA Executive Committee also unanimously approved a new football mercy rule. The rule, which goes into effect in the fall, was a joint effort with the Indiana Football Coaches Association to expedite the conclusion of football contests when a certain point differential is reached. 
With this week’s vote, when the point differential reaches 35 points in the second half, the game clock will convert to a running clock with the exception of timeouts, scores, and/or injuries. Once implemented, the clock may not revert back to standard timing regardless of the score and coaches will not have the ability to override the implementation of the mercy rule. The 40 second play clock will remain in effect throughout the contest. 
The Board of Directors approved 18 rules proposals, three failed to receive support, and two were tabled for further study during its annual review of the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation.  
All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by-laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure.
All approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted. 

Tournament Success Factor Rule Modified

*— The group approved by an 18-1 vote a modification to Rule 2.5, also known as the Tournament Success Factor. The result lowers the number of points needed (from 3 points to 2 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 up to this point had required three points (two sectional titles and a regional title) to continue in that class. 

Two Proposals Tabled by the Board
 *—A proposed amendment to expand the definition of “Territory” by Roncalli principal Chuck Weisenbach as it relates to private schools, their established boundaries and out-of-state transfers, was tabled for further study. 
 *—The commissioner submitted a proposal on behalf of the members of the Pocket Athletic Conference which would eliminate the 600-mile round trip limitation with regard to the Out-of-State Contest rule. After some discussion, the group opted to table the proposal. 
Agenda Items Failing to Receive Enough Support
 *— A proposal to reduce the percentage of member schools that must be participating in a sport before a state tournament series be provided from 50% to 30% failed 1-18. The proposal had been authored by Dave Worland, principal at Cathedral High School and Mark Preston, principal at Lafayette Jefferson High School. 
 *—A proposal made by the commissioner on behalf of the Porter County Conference that would introduce a 1.65 multiplier to the official enrollment of each private school and charter school to determine classifications also failed 1-18. 
 *—The Board rejected 2-17 an amendment to Rule 19-6.1 authored by South Knox principal David Couchenour that would have permitted full eligibility following a transfer by a student without a corresponding change of residence by the parent/guardian when the transfer occurs before the student’s sophomore year.

Additional Items of Note
The following additional items of note were approved during today’s Board of Directors meeting and the ensuing Executive Committee meeting: 
Seven amendments were formally ratified having been approved as temporary regulations since last year’s Board meeting. 
Most notably among those was the conduct of fans which was added to the same sportsmanship guidelines applicable to the conduct of contestants, coaches, etc. When a fan is ejected from a contest, he/she, too, will be suspended – in their case from attending the school’s next home contest. A second ejection will result in suspension from the next two home contests. 
Also, the addition of Unified Flag Football as a sponsored sport, its playing rules and season contest information were officially affirmed. Approved 19-0 an amendment of the district section of the by-laws to better equalize the size of the three districts by moving Adams and Wells counties from District II to District I and moving Wayne County from District II to District III.