Jan 18, 18, 02:41 PM #1
Basketball ClassificationI'm not suggesting it should happen, although we'd get more games... but were Kentucky to go the route it appears to be heading, what would be the appropriate way to do so?
As an All A guy, I like the mid-season tournament. I think seeing where you stand against schools close to your size can be very telling in what the rest of the season will require to compete in the three tournaments at the end of the year.
Let's assume there would be six classes as in football.
Are there enough schools from each class in each region for this to be feasible?
Would this solve region realignment or throw another wrench in it?
I'm looking more for how you would do it if it were inevitable than argument over why they should or shouldn't.
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Jan 18, 18, 03:10 PM #2
The All "A" tournaments in Richmond used to be A LOT of fun.
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Jan 18, 18, 03:43 PM #3
Jan 18, 18, 03:54 PM #4
Is the only reason people are against classification is so we can preserve the David vs Goliath thing?
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Jan 18, 18, 04:59 PM #5I suspect if they ever went to classed basketball they'd go with three classes or four at the most.
Jan 18, 18, 05:06 PM #6
What many do not realize is that from 1927-31 there were two classes in Kentucky - Class A and Class B. Each district was divided in half, with the larger schools playing in Class A and the smaller in Class B. The winners from each class would play for an overall district championship but both advanced to the region tournament (this is why we still send winners and runners-up to the region). At the region tournament, the four largest schools were Class A and the four smallest were Class B. The winners from each class would play for an overall region championship but both advanced to the state tournament (there were only eight regions at the time). Finally, the state tournament was classified as A and B, with the largest remaining schools playing in A and the smallest in B. The two winners met for an overall state championship.
As mentioned earlier, the top two in each district still advance to the region. However, since 1932 there have been sixteen regions with only the winner advancing to the state tournament.
Jan 18, 18, 05:13 PM #7There is a way to have a big state tournament with classes. Imagine a Saturday or a Sunday with 3 championship games.
Jan 18, 18, 05:27 PM #8
But you CAN'T class it and keep 16 regions per class. Even eight would be a stretch. If you go to four regions, that's an awful lot of travel and no rivalries.
I'm NOT against classifying, per se. However, I have yet to see one single basketball classification alignment AND the proposed postseason schedule to go with it that I can get behind.
Furthermore, you will kill your media coverage by having multiple tournaments at one time involving multiple teams from same area.
Jan 18, 18, 05:30 PM #9
Jan 18, 18, 05:33 PM #10
8 teams from each class go to rupp.
Tuesday Class A plays 4 games
Wednesday 2A plays 4 games
Thursday 3A plays four games
Friday 6 games all your semis
Saturday 3 championship games.
Jan 18, 18, 05:34 PM #11
Jan 18, 18, 06:43 PM #12I’m just an old traditionalists but I like it the way is. That’s coming from a person who’s local high school has 215 students and the closest we’ve come to making it to the Sweet 16 were a couple of regional runner-up finishes.
The All A tournament satisfies my state tournament desires enough (my school has made it to the All A State 4 times and was runner-up once) that it keeps me happy with the KHSAA Sweet 16 format.
Jan 18, 18, 07:17 PM #13
1 State Champion is the best thing about KY Basketball!
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It’s awesome that everyone competes against everyone. If i was a head coach and was in the new “2A”...how would it benefit my team to play any other level? It makes all games against other classes rivals or not irrelevant IMO
Jan 18, 18, 07:19 PM #14
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As for your question...IF it were to ever happen, I'd be happy with two classes basically Football Class 1-3A and Football Class 4-6A as a guide line for the two classes.
Jan 18, 18, 08:02 PM #15I hate the idea of it but if indeed it did happen, 3 classes makes the most sense to me. Enrollment numbers don't matter as much with basketball as it does with football so I can't see the need for more than three classes. I'd be fine with two classes if it ever happened.