DES MOINES, Iowa – The annual meetings of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control and Representative Council were held Thursday and Friday before games began at the 2023 State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.

Both elected groups heard and discussed several updates ahead of spring and summer, with few immediate action items on the agendas.

Past editions of Board Briefs are available through News page and via the “Board Briefs” tag. Approved minutes from past Board of Control meetings are available through the Board & Reps page and directly through the Meeting Minutes page.

Football: 2023-24 scheduling

The IHSAA’s two-year football assignment and scheduling process is moving forward as the Iowa Department of Education has finalized its data for school enrollment (BEDS) and free and reduced lunch percentages. These approved updates for football’s new socioeconomic factor have resulted in “final classification numbers” which are now available to view below as preliminary classifications for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Once these classifications are verified this week, the IHSAA will develop and share districts and groups (Class 5A) as early as next week.

Participating schools will then submit priority lists for their available non-district contests. Once received, IHSAA will assemble regular season schedules for all participating schools, with an estimated release of mid-April.

Baseball: Iowa City remains 2023 host

The University of Iowa will continue to host the IHSAA State Baseball Tournament for Class 4A and Class 3A this summer as part of a year-to-year arrangement at Duane Banks Field. Renovations have been planned at the on-campus ballpark, but athletic department officials now anticipate those updates taking place in 2024. The 2023 event will go on as planned for July 17-21 in Iowa City (4A, 3A) and Carroll (2A, 1A). The tournament is expected require an alternate site once renovations begin at the 2,300-seat ballpark.

2021-22 Annual Report

Member schools will receive the 2021-22 Annual Report via email this week, with printed copies available upon request. The report provides organizational and financial information from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 about the IHSAA, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The FY 2022 report included $1.36 million sent directly to member schools for postseason expenses. It is the 14th consecutive year the IHSAA has given out more than $1 million in participant and host school allowances and awards. Of Iowa’s four activity organizations, the IHSAA is unique in not charging member schools for membership or entry fees.

More information on the IHSAA’s organizational status is available through our Frequently Asked Questions.  

Spring and summer sport manuals

Digital manuals are now available for spring regular seasons in golf, tennis, and track and field, and for summer regular season baseball. These online-only documents are subject to change, with postseason manuals in select sports posted later this spring.

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