This time extension will soon make a big difference on high school basketball courts in Wisconsin.
Approved by the WIAA Board of Control during its June meeting on Thursday, a new format of high school basketball games will be seen in the 2015-2016 season.
Under the new rule, the games will no longer be four quarters, but instead two 18-minute halves, while freshmen and junior varsity teams will play 16-minute halves. Previously, varsity games were formatted with four quarters of eight minutes each. The change means that the games will be a total of 36 minutes long, not 32.
Moreover, one of the board’s decisions is to rearrange the schedule for the boys and girls State Basketball Tournaments next March. The Division 3 semifinals will be played during the Thursday afternoon session, and the Division 4 semifinals will be conducted during the Thursday evening session.
On Friday, the Division 5 semifinals will be played in the morning session with the Division 2 semifinals in the afternoon and the Division 1 semifinals in the evening.
In addition to that, there’s also a change in the allowance that permits schools in a sectional to seed their entire sectional (of up to 16 teams) as a full sectional bracket. Starting next season, all sectionals will be organized and seeded in half-brackets. Well, this sounds good because a better organization will soon be marked. I bet the different high school squads are pretty excited to have their full sectional brackets.
Furthermore, the teams, coaches and players have to remember that there will be no change to the schedule for Saturday championship games. This means that the boys state tournament will still be held at the Kohl Center while the girls tournament will take place at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.
We won’t wait too long to see those major changes in the league. Come this fall, we’ll see our favorite players in a new game format.
No doubt, if this one-year trial becomes successful, the WIAA Board will be using the game format in the succeeding seasons. Why not? This could bring a better and more organized season in the later years. And right now, we can’t wait to witness those changes!