IHSAA- The Iowa High School Athletic Association met last week for their Board meeting and there will be a couple of changes to look out for as the school year continues.
The biggest news is a change of the Class 3A and 4A venue for the Baseball State Championship. After three seasons at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids will be the setting for the 2024 State Baseball tournament. This is a one-year agreement.
The agreement, which began in 2022, with the University of Iowa for Duane Banks Field was a year-to-year extension due to the potential of renovations as the University of Iowa scheduled upgrades after the 2024 NCAA season.
1974 marks the last time Cedar Rapids hosted the summer IHSAA State Baseball Tournament: Spalding Catholic (now Gehlen Catholic) won for Class 1A and Dubuque Hempstead was the Class 2A champion. Carroll will still host the Class 1A and 2A State Baseball tournaments.
One designated spot has been added for active member school athletic directors for the eight sport advisory committees. This means that there will be six voting members on each sport committee, with members serving a maximum of two three-year terms. The committees meet once a year to talk about possible policy to the IHSAA and board.
Lastly, Grand View Christian will not repeat as Basketball’s Class 1A state champion following an approved request by the Thunder to play at the Class 2A level starting this winter. Grand View Christian will be in Class 2A for at least the next two seasons.