In the midst of February Fever and into March Madness, people across the state of Illinois are still buzzing about the Illinois High School Association’s decision to add a “success factor” to non-boundary schools in future school years. It means successful programs like the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team will be pushed all the way up to Class 4A in future years because they are winning too much.
I wrote a little bit about the rule and Matt Schuckman had an excellent column on the topic. Us old men can whine all day about kids getting ripped off. I think it means a lot more when the students speak out, and they are starting to voice their opinion. A group called “Fight the Bump” has mobilized and it’s expressing its displeasure with the rule. They have their own website and a video that has been posted to YouTube that makes some great points. They have started a petition they plan to give to the IHSA to show officials how people across the state are against the policy.
The video was really well done. I think it helped that it was voiced by a high school student. The group doesn’t name call or bad mouth the IHSA. Instead, it makes points about how the policy unfairly penalizes schools and athletes for past teams’ success. I was really thrown by the cross country example given by the group. One school goes from a podium finish in one class to not even coming close to placing with “the bump.”
If you have a few minutes to waste on a Monday while trying to get into your week. Check out the group’s video:
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